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Mara Bernath

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19 Jan 2018 | 9:00 AM

How a 22-year-old discovered the worst chip flaws in history

In 2013, a teenager named Jann Horn attended a reception in Berlin hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel. He and 64 other young Germans had done well in a government-run competition designed to encourage students to pursue scientific research.

Horn wasn’t looking to discover a major vulnerability in the world’s computer chips when, in late April, he began reading Intel Corp processor manuals that are thousands of pages long, to make sure the computer hardware could handle a particularly intensive bit of number-crunching code he’d created. — Reuters