News You might have missed: Week of January 5th

on January 5, 2018
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These hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs. This might include your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal photos, emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents. Initially thought to affect only Intel chipsets, these bugs in different forms are in fact impacting AMD and ARM solutions as well. This means that most PCs and phones are affected. Cloud services running Intel-powered servers are also affected

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