Thursday February 20, 2020

When the chips are down: Tech rat race leaves us exposed

It looks like we may have had a lucky escape with Meltdown and Spectre, but luck always runs out eventually

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

7th January, 2018

Whatever else you might say about IT security, as a sector it knows how to coin dramatic terms. Last week saw Meltdown and Spectre become the latest threats to join a list topped by WannaCry last year and Heartbleed in 2014.

Whereas WannaCry was an attack, Meltdown and Spectre have more in common with Heartbleed in that they both represent flaws at the heart of how everyone uses computers.

A flaw in chips based around Intel’s...

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