Remember that ‘CPUs are vulnerable to hackers’ story from way back yesterday? Well, now things have significantly worsened.
I commented yesterday that I didn’t know you could hack and thus access a system’s data through its chip – and it seems as if no one else did either, as Apple has admitted that ALL of its devices have the security issue.
That’s EVERYTHING: iPads, Macs, iPhones – all of which use Intel and ARM chips, both of whose CPUs are vulnerable to the sinister-sounding Spectre and Meltdown security shortcomings.
In a blog, Apple said: ‘All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time.’
The firm has already put out some patches to address some of the issues, but has warned users only to download fixes from trusted sources. Well, obviously.
Google, meanwhile, says that the issues on its Android phones have been addressed by the security patches it’s released.
What a start to the year. I think I’ll get my Atari XE out and work on that until the storm passes.