Threat Level: High
Intel announced last week, in what seemed to be a busy week for bugs, a critical flaw in their processors dating back to 2011.
The flaw is linked to the processor’s “zombie load” function, giving it its name. Zombie load occurs when a computer processor can’t properly process a load of data and needs to ask for help in order to prevent a crash. This function has been exploited to allow hackers to grab any data that was recently been accessed by the processor.
Intel processors are in 76.8% of computers worldwide. That includes both PC and Mac.
Protecting your machine
Microsoft, Google, and Apple have all released patches to address the vulnerability. Rather than clicking “Remind me tomorrow”, it’s vital to update your computer in a timely manner.
However, due to the nature of a hardware flaw, the vulnerability will never truly be eliminated.
While Intel itself only rated the threat as “medium”, security experts are fearing it is much worse. “On a scale of 1 to 10, this is ’10’ serious,” said Robert Siciliano, CEO of Safr.me.
What we are doing about it:
ITonDemand is approving the recommended patches and will be sending them out to our user’s machines.
Download our infographic and learn how to identify a phishing scam when you see one.
Other Articles You Might Be Interested In:
Data backup is a critical part of an organization’s overall disaster recovery plan. The concept of data backup is simple: you make copies of your data and store them in a different location in case data is lost or destroyed.read more
In recent months, hackers have begun targeting doctors offices and hospitals, receiving roughly 34% of all ransomware attacks. In an unprecedented incident, it just cost two doctors their practice.read more
ITonDemand was created over a decade ago to help support businesses and organizations IT services. We kept hearing from businesses, like yours, that they just wanted their IT to work. And that is what we do. We make your IT work for you.