Intel and AMD have found new common ground with Apple – being sued over the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. A class action lawsuit was filed against Apple back in 8 January 2018; about a week before a Israeli firm also dragged the Cupertino-based company into a similar class action suit against Intel.
The U.S. lawsuit was filed in the state of San Jose, California, with the plaintiffs listing down six causes of action against Apple: Breach of Implied Warranty, Breach of Express Warranty, Negligence, Unjust Enrichment, Violations of New Hampshire’s Consumer Protection Act, and Violations of New York General Business Law.
The filed suit reads as listed below:
“The Plaintiffs stated in their filing that “all Apple Processors are defective because they were designed by Defendant Apple in a way that allows hackers and malicious programs potential access to highly secure information stored on iDevices. The Apple Processors expose users to at least two types of security risks (the “Security Vulnerabilities”), based on two hacking techniques, which have been dubbed ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ by the technology community. The first hacking technique is known as ‘Meltdown’ because it ‘melts security boundaries which are normally enforced by the hardware,’ and the other hacking technique is known as ‘Spectre’ because its root cause is speculative execution, and “because it is not easy to fix, it will haunt us for quite some time.”
To be fair, Apple had warned its consumers about its products being susceptible to the flaws nearly a month ago, and said that it was already working on a fix. Not to mention that work on a patch began as soon as the company was informed that there could be a problem.
Also, this isn’t the only lawsuit that Apple is currently facing. The company already has its hands full dealing with close to 50 lawsuits addressing its decision to throttle the performance of older iPhone models in order to “protect the batteries in older devices.”