Microchip Meltdown As Experts Uncover Serious Flaws

Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown.

And the problem might affect nearly all of the devices around the world.

The two flaws, named Spectre and Meltdown, permit access to hackers who can steal data.

Intel said in a statement on Wednesday that it believes the flaws "do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data".

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Around 90 per cent of PCs are powered by Intel chips. It is not yet clear if the issue exists on AMD and ARM processors also.

However, there are now no known attacks that have exploited these flaws, according to the Google researchers.

Apple plans to shortly release a patch against Spectre, but BBC News added that "Spectre is thought to be much harder to patch and no fix for it has yet been made widely available". "It is still too early to tell how many devices or which particular models will be affected most as the security issues were only discovered days ago", Jia said.

This includes PCs, Chromebooks, Android phones and Macs, iPhones and iPads - apart from Macs running the latest macOS version and iPhones and iPads running the latest iOS version, while Android phones with the most recent security updates are protected.

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It emerged this week that developers have been trying to prevent hackers taking advantage of the flaw in microprocessors built by Intel and ARM.

Because the security flaw affects the microchip design integral to computers, it is more of a concern than more usual software bugs. Updates are expected to be delivered soon. As exploiting many of these issues require a malicious app be loaded onto a device, Apple is advising users to only download software from trusted sources such as its App Store.

"These issues apply to all modern processors and affect almost all computing devices and operating systems". It has released patches against possible Meltdown attacks for both iOS, Mac and Apple TV, and will be releasing updates for the Safari browser on its devices "in the coming days" to mitigate Spectre.

How anxious should you be as tech giant Apple confirms all of its products are "vulnerable" to hacking through the Meltdown and Spectre bugs?

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According to Intel, Krzanich's divestments were unrelated to the security flaws.

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