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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Stumbo, Jan 6, 2018.
What You Need to Do Because of Flaws in Computer Chips
I heard about this on NPR yesterday but from the interview I struggled to understand exactly what the problem is and I'm pretty tech savvy. Something about cloud computing and ads?
From the NYT article: "“The real problem is ads are dangerous,” said Jeremiah Grossman, the head of security strategy for SentinelOne, a computer security company. “They’re fully functioning programs, and they carry malware.”"
Right above my post here is an ad for Sweetwater... Not sure what it all means for us users!
This falls into what I do in my day job, and needless to say we've been looking at it and talking about it in depth.
The issue is pretty complex, and essentially involves one process being able to read private date from another process.
The essential takeaway - for your personal devices, update them. One of the attack vectors is still there, but there are also a lot of other ways to get your data (much easier) if someone wants to target you.
It's a much bigger problem for Cloud deployments, because one "bad" tenant can grab a lot of data from other tenants.
Ads are an issue because a malevolent ad process can steal data via your browser if your browser and operating system are not patched.
I don't use the cloud for my computers, especially for work. I have confidential client data on it.
I have a Win 10 subscription for my 2 computers and 2 phones.
My PalmPilot is safe.