Tech Security Flaw Poses Threats to Everyone

Bismarck - Two dangerous loopholes in our smart devices are making our personal information easy for hackers to access, according to tech experts all over the country.

Emily Medalen did the research to find out how this can affect you, and what you can do to stop it.

These flaws in the system are called Meltdown and Spectre.

They were recently discovered by several tech teams in the U.S.
They pose a great danger to all personal information we store on our computers and smartphones.
"It's really, really a scary situation..." says Marlo Anderson, Tech Guru.

At the beginning of 2018, Google tech experts made an alarming discovery
That discovery is dubbed as Meltdown and Spectre - and can affect everyone.

"It's anything that's got a computer chip in it, and it goes back decades," says Anderson.

To put it simply, Meltdown and Spectre are vulnerabilities-
Flaws in our technology system that make it easy for hackers to slip past computer security.

"The biggest thing is the ability for somebody to get into your system, and steal information and you would never know it, but it's not like what we're traditionally used to," says Anderson.

This is because virus protection will not pick up on Spectre and Meltdown - since they're basically built into the hardware.
Anderson says the threat could go further than just personal information. "The security of our country is an issue with this. That's why there's such a rush to patch this. And those are the first places that will get the patches - our security, our grid..."

Anderson says that for bigger issues like national security, temporary patches have been put into place for protection.
Some of our personal computers and phones have gotten the temporary patch as well - without us even knowing it.
But, there are more steps you can take to ensure the safety of your information.

"I would go and change all my bank passwords, anything else that you think is critical to your personal business, or your actual business," says Anderson.
"When your phone says it has a system update to do, you want to do that as soon as possible. Those are going to patch vulnerabilities," says Matt Frohlich, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems, BSC.

He says the high level of concern is pushing experts to find a permanent solution - fast.

"There are a team of people that are working around the clock to fix this," says Anderson. 

He says in the long term, this vulnerability will likely be fixed and if you buy a new device, you won't have to worry about it.
In the meantime, though, be diligent about changing those passwords.

More Stories

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center