Apple is facing legal action over the hardware vulnerabilities Meltdown and Spectre, in addition to lawsuits over the slowing iPhone scandal.
Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities have thrown much of the technology sector into a panic, representing serious weaknesses that can be exploited by hackers to access sensitive information on users´ devices.
Apple, however, is in the firing line, even though the issues affect virtually all devices, including those of rivals, as the vulnerabilities pertain to all relatively modern ARM, Intel and AMD processors.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in California on behalf of anyone who acquired an Apple device with an ARM processor.
This encompasses a very wide range of Apple devices, including the iPhone and iPad.
The complainants allege that Apple was likely aware of the design defects that gave rise to the Meltdown and Spectre problems since at least June 2017, but chose not to disclose the details to its customers.
“ARM Holdings PLC, the company that licenses the ARM architecture to Apple, admits that it was notified of the Security Vulnerabilities in June 2017 by Google's Project Zero and that it immediately notified its architecture licensees (presumably, including Apple) who create their own processor designs of the Security Vulnerabilities,” says the lawsuit issued by Anthony Bartling and Jacqueline Olson in a US district court in San Jose.
It comes as Apple also faces lawsuits over the revelations that it has been deliberately slowing older iPhones.
Lawsuits have been filed over the slowing iPhone issue across the US, while the group is facing pressure over the scandal from authorities and consumer groups around the world.