Many Bothans died to bring us this information.
Well, not really. No one died. And Bothans aren’t real. But two critical vulnerabilities have been discovered in Intel, AMD, and ARM processors that date back over two decades.
On Wednesday, January 3, it was publicly disclosed that Google had discovered the vulnerabilities. Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” these weaknesses could be exploited by hackers to “read sensitive information in the system’s memory such as passwords, encryption keys, or sensitive information open in applications.”