2018 Security Roundup

Update: In an effort to consolidate all the posts throughout the year into topics, we’ll simply update the post with new information. This will help you by creating one page of content for the year, simply bookmark the page and you can check it periodically. Much easier.

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January 2018 Round Up – Computer Security

A non-exhaustive roundup of posts about Meltdown and Spectre, edited throughout the month.


If you’re looking at how the problem was found, here’s a good summary of the timing of one research group’s effort to bring the problem to light: How Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Flaw at the Same Time


## More Points of Reference for Meltdown and Spectre:
### Google

Reading Priveleged Memory with a Side Channel
Today’s CPU Vulnerability – What You Need to Know
Intel CEO: We will make our chips secure

### Landing Page Website Just for Information About This.

Meltdown Attack

### IEEE

A really good article on the background of the security flaws: How the Meltdown Vulnerability Fix Was Invented

### XKCD

XKCD explains, or mocks, things in a way only XKCD can do it

Behind paywalls:

#### Wall Street Journal

Businesses Rush to Contain Fallout From Major Chip Flaws – Software patches to plug holes could slow computers, experts say

## Data Breaches Disclosed this month
With all the news on Meltdown and Spectre, nevermind the Golden Globes, it’s been hard to keep up. Fortunately, the news here has been light.
Forever 21 announced a security breach closed in November 2017

##Hacks Beyond Data
When hacks go beyond just taking data, not dimishing the impact of data in the wrong hands, these hacks highlight those scenarios where the hack went beyond the safety controls to affect normal operations of an organization or enterprise.
Plant Safety Systems Hacked to Hide the infection of the Systems and here

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