Tech experts warn of security glitch affecting most computers

Technology experts are warning of a serious security vulnerability that could affect most computers made in the last decade.

They also warn that a fix being rushed to users may slow down the machines.

Tech news website the Register reported a glitch has been identified with Intel processing chips found in most computers, including Apple's Macs, which could expose data to hackers.

In a statement, Intel attempted to downplay worries about the hardware issue, saying it believes hackers do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.

Vlado Keselj of Dalhousie University in Halifax speculates the average user might not notice a dramatic drop in their computer's performance and even gamers may not suffer a significant slowdown.

But businesses that use enterprise software for running database servers could see an appreciable change in performance.