New vulnerabilities have been exposed this week that affect most computer systems including Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android and ChromeOS (including the Chrome web browser). These flaws are a feature designed into the architecture of most electronic devices and operating systems and are exploited through attacks known as Meltdown and Spectre. If successful, these attacks could expose sensitive information you send through the internet potentially leading to identity theft. Although difficult to exploit they are serious. The Carolina Computer Forensics Group advises you and your companies to take action to mitigate the threat.
Be aware that these actions may slow down your system, particularly if you use Chrome and have many windows open at the same time. Carolina Computer Forensic Group members are implementing the changes and updating our systmes to be more secure regardless of the potential slowdown. The biggest impact observed so far is that the Chrome browser seems to be using more memory now with each tab open so adding to your computer memory may help mitigate the impact.
As always, the Carolina Computer Forensic Group is ready to assist with Cyber Security threats, Mobile Forensics, Computer Forensics, Data Recovery and Digital Security Consulting. Please contact us at 864-977-1223 or visit our website at https://www.carolinacomputerforensics.com for more information.
The PCMag article How to Protect Your Devices Against Meltdown, Spectre Bugs, written by Tom Brant at PCMag (www.pcmag.com) was used as a reference for this blog post.