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Ubiquitous Computer Hardware Flaws Raise Security Concerns

According to TheHill.com, “The Department of Homeland Security issued guidance on the matter late Wednesday, noting that while operating system updates could help mitigate the issues, the only true solution would be to replace computer processing units' hardware.” The flaws reportedly affect Intel, AMD, Google, Microsoft, Apple and other brands of chips used in millions of computer systems.

Michael Daly, chief technology officer of cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon, noted that “The vulnerabilities and sample exploit code are now in the wild, so we should expect that criminals and nation-state actors are using them.” The report noted that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre say that, to date, they have not seen evidence of malicious exploitation of these vulnerabilities.