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Intel Says Meltdown, Spectre Patches Can Cause Reboot Problems in Old Chips

HIGHLIGHTS Meltdown, Spectre flaws affect nearly every computer in the world Intel revealed the patches may cause some issues with older chips It said it was working with affected customers to fix the issues Intel on Thursday said that recently issued patches for flaws in its chips could cause computers using its older Broadwell and Haswell processors to reboot more often than normal and that ... Read More »

How a Researcher Hacked His Own Computer to Find ‘Meltdown’ Chip Flaw

HIGHLIGHTS Researchers had thought such an attack was only theoretically possible They were aghast to find the kernel memory could indeed be attacked The flaw would allow attackers to gain access to user data Daniel Gruss didn’t sleep much the night he hacked his own computer and exposed a flaw in most of the chips made in the past two decades ... Read More »

Meltdown, Spectre Chip Flaws: Who’s Affected

HIGHLIGHTS Meltdown only affects Intel-based machines Spectre affects Intel, AMD, ARM-based machines Most software makers and OEMs have issued fixes already Technology companies are scrambling to fix serious security flaws affecting computer processors built by Intel and other chipmakers and found in many of the world’s personal computers and smartphones. The two hardware bugs discovered can be exploited to allow the memory ... Read More »

Mariah New Year’s meltdown tops social media

Mariah Carey‘s New Year’s Eve snafu had people talking on social media last week. ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” generated 3.80 million social interactions across Facebook and Twitter, according to Nielsen, easily No. 1 among entertainment series and specials for the week ended Jan. 1. That was roughly 3.5 million interactions more than USA’s “WWE ... Read More »

Hobbyist Hackers Probably Caused Friday’s Internet Meltdown, Researchers Say

Some have worried that the massive cyber-attack that disrupted the Internet on Friday was the work of Russian government-backed hackers, politically motivated hacktivists or sophisticated cyber-criminals. But researchers at cyber-intelligence firm Flashpoint say the Internet meltdown may have been carried out by amateurs who haunt a popular hacking forum. Flashpoint helped Web service provider Dyn determine that hacked Internet-connected devices ... Read More »