Computer bugs are found quite often and few people are surprised, but the critical vulnerability recently found in Intel processors has become a sensation. With its help, attackers can steal data from billions of devices connected to the Internet, from smartphones to servers.
Holders of cryptocurrency, which have become a favorite target of hackers, have all the reasons for concern. Vulnerability can also be affected by cloud services, which are often used by crypto-currencies, experiencing increased loads amid a rapid increase in the number of traders.
While Microsoft and Amazon eliminate vulnerabilities in their cloud platforms, crypto-currency exchanges are experiencing service disruptions.
Azure accelerated a planned reboot due to the public Intel disclosure. Wallets will be online again once they complete post reboot audits. https://t.co/F3ZerpEInt
— Bittrex (@BittrexExchange) 4 января 2018 г.
Several exchanges, including Einstein Exchange, CEX.io and Kucoin, also temporarily suspended service. Some of them specified that interruptions are related to the vulnerability of Intel, while others simply reported technical work.
The manufacturer of hardware wallets Ledger wrote that his device does not affect this vulnerability.
Ledger products are not vulnerable to the latest Meltdown & Spectre attacks. More technical details available at https://t.co/veWMlgcdnt
— Ledger (@LedgerHQ) 4 января 2018 г.
Intel's bug has one more negative effect: as a result of the update, the performance degradation of devices can reach 30%. At the same time, this problem will not affect miners, since the process of mining the crypto currency does not require the fulfillment of a large number of requests to the core of the processor.