>> Meltdown and Spectre, two chip flaws that effect nearly every modern computing device. I'm Steven Ellis with Reuters News here in San Francisco. The two flaws, meltdown and spectre, both effect different sets of chips. Meltdown effects only Intel chips and things like desktops, laptops, and internet servers, and spectre effects nearly every chip.
What they actually do is basically allow hackers to get accessed information held in this chip that they shouldn't be able to. If you're a consumer, you're probably wondering what should I do? The answer is check everything for security updates. Go to your computer, your phone, and your web browser and just do the software updates.
Google has said that if you're an Android phone user and you have the most recent security updates, you're already covered. Windows is already working on updates that will be coming down from Microsoft soon. And all Apple devices including Macs, iPads, iPhones should be protected against the meltdown attack if you have the most recent operating system installed.
However, Apple says that they're still vulnerable to the spectre attack through the Safari web browser. You might wanna avoid that web browser for a few days until Apple gets the patch out. The good news about this though is that most of the vulnerabilities are already taken care of.
The biggest risks are actually to businesses and what are called cloud computing environments. They come from companies like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Those have already mostly been fixed and are taken care of and are safe. For a consumer, check the operating system on your phone, check the operating system on you computer, and don't forget your web browser.
A lot of people think that it's just a passive window on to the Internet, but it can actually send code that reaches pretty deeply down into your computer, even though most people don't think it does.