Google says phones, tablets also affected by newly discovered security issue

Google says a newly discovered security vulnerability initially thought to be linked to most modern computers is actually a threat to smartphones and tablets as well.

Reports began circulating Wednesday about a mysterious hardware issue that could cause sensitive data, including user passwords, to become accessible to hackers.

To make matters worse, consumers were warned that a software update to fix the widespread problem could potentially slow down their computers, although it remains unclear to what extent that is true.

While the problem was initially identified in computers based on Intel processors, Google has since pointed out the same security issue can be found in other devices.

The tech giant says computers powered with hardware by AMD, Intel's biggest competitor, are also affected.

Google also warned that smartphones, tablets and other devices that use ARM processors will need a software update to be protected.