Even if chips are never hacked, their vulnerabilities will be noticed.
THE timing could hardly have been worse. Just as the technology industry was gearing up to its most important trade show of the year, CES, which was held this week in Las Vegas, it was hit by what is arguably one of the most worrying security scares ever. On January 4th it emerged that most microprocessors, the brains of electronic devices, are vulnerable to hacker attacks to steal sensitive data, such as passwords or a encryption keys. Instead of enthusing over the new gadgets presented at the event, which ranged from to smart mirrors that can rate your make-up to artificially intelligent cars, attendees in the hallways often discussed one question: what damage will the vulnerabilities cause?