Limiting the risk from Spectre and MeltdownTopic: Technology
On January 2nd 2017, researchers discovered two security vulnerabilities, “Spectre” and “Meltdown”, which affect the microprocessors inside nearly all of the world’s computers.
What do these vulnerabilities allow?
Both Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities could allow hacker-written programs to steal data that is currently being processed on the computer’s chip. This might include passwords stored in a password manager or browser, personal photos, emails, instant messages and even documents containing personal information.
Does this affect me?
It could. While there is no evidence that hackers have taken advantage of the vulnerabilities, it’s probable that you’ll be using devices and applications affected by this flaw, including operating systems such as Windows that run on the affected chips.
What should I do?
Microsoft, Google and Apple have both provided their own advice over what you need to do to protect yourself against these vulnerabilities, which, broadly speaking, advise you to keep the software running your devices up to date and install the security patches they’re providing. Take some time to read their advice in detail. It’s best practice for you to keep Antivirus and firmware versions up to date, too, and to maintain awareness of phishing attacks via email.
Ultimately, by keeping your devices up to date, you are in the best position to keep yourself protected.
What is Esendex doing?
Esendex is rolling out security patches across our systems over the next few days and weeks, depending on availability of patches from vendors such as Microsoft.
Esendex has strict security measures and processes in place which protect us, and our customers’ data against attacks like this.