AMD suffers multiple class actions due to Specter vulnerabilities
The full exposure of Specter and Meltdown at the beginning of this year left the entire chip industry in a cloud of untrustworthiness. One of the most affected Intel, currently facing more than 30 lawsuits. Although AMD was affected to a lesser extent, some clients filed a lawsuit against the company. According to The Register, the plaintiff accused AMD of misleading consumers in chip quality.
“Despite its knowledge of the Spectre Defect, AMD continued to sell its processors to unknowing customers at prices much higher than what customers would have paid had they known about the Spectre Defect and its threat to critical security features as well as on the processing speeds of the devices they purchased.”
Brian Speck v. AMD also claimed:
“Defendant has been unable or unwilling to repair the security vulnerabilities in the subject CPUs or offer Plaintiff and class members a non-defective CPU or reimbursement for the cost of such CPU and the consequential damages arising from the purchase and use of such CPUs.
“The software updates or ‘patches’ pushed by AMD onto CPU owners does not appear to provide protection from all the variants of Spectre. At the very least, firmware updates or changes will be required. Even then, these ‘patches’ dramatically degrade CPU performance.”
In addition, Doyun Kin has initiated a lawsuit against consumers for misleading consumers about the remedies the company introduced on January 11 and February 21 this year. The company only released a firmware patch for its CPU just days after the vulnerability was disclosed.
Last month’s time, AMD said in a letter to US Securities and Exchange Commission ( SEC issued a document) in a warning to investors, saying the company is facing claims related to the recent disclosure bypass vulnerability (such as Spectre and Meltdown) or litigation.