The tech Giant APPLE confirms Spectre and Meltdown bugs (exploitation) is affecting all of its iPhone, iPad as well as Mac products but there is a simple way to protect these devices from a cyber attack. These shocking flaws have been discovered in major processor suppliers, including Intel and ARM.
This could give hackers the ability to steal vital information from PCs and smartphones.
In fact, the flaw allows hackers to gain access to data from the memory of a device – this could include passwords, emails, photos, and documents, according to a paper released on the discovery.
– Apple has confirmed in an Statement.
“These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems.”‘
Billions of PCs, smartphones and tablets across the world are affected – Apple has now confirmed its products are too.
It said there was no evidence that either vulnerability had been exploited yet. It is advised downloading software only from trusted sources to avoid “malicious” apps.
Mac users have often believed that their devices and operating systems are less vulnerable to security issues than. i.e. Android phones or computers running Microsoft systems.
The flaws known as Meltdown and Spectre affect almost every modern computing device from all manufacturers using chip designs from Intel, AMD and ARM.
Apple uses Intel processors in its Mac computers and ARM-based designs for its A-series processors used in the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch lines.
Which products are affected by the Spectre and Meltdown Bugs.
Google said its Android phones – which make up more than 80% of the global market. – were protected if users had the latest security updates.
And Microsoft has already released fixes for many of its services.
Windows users should also be aware that third-party anti-virus software may need to be updated before applying operating system patches.
Source – Apple