So, maybe these checks were not needed to run your PC and Intel knew that?
MS is most likely screwing consumers again. Just buy their Shop approved stuff and you will be fine
But Intel is placed under a magnifying glass now. Thanks to the competition.
PS It is more likely that certain 3 letter organisations have been using these exploits until now. And as these are discovered by others, they are patched and the same .org have been moving on to other exploits.
BTW; these exploits are placed there by design and on purpose. People who make CPU are too clever to oversee that. Both Intel and MS have US Gov personell, who guides them in making certain aspects "accessible". Nothing new there. It has always been like that.
The blame game is just a cover up. Scapegoats will be sacrificed and it is business as usual again.
And if you do not believe that, just think for yourself what is the most logical solution. Even if it is inappropriate or clandestine to do so, spy orgs have no morals. The end justifies the means.
PPS I do hope the hibernation did you good. But i will lock the DT fridge, so you can not steal all the honey again.