Security breaches aren't new. But the scale is changing.
With so much digital information, the frequency of intrusions is increasing as fast as the costs.
Highlights from the RSA Conference 2019
Security firms at the annual RSA Conference emphasized several trends in cybersecurity, including the widening reach of state-sponsored hacking, the increasing sophisticated targeting of executives in out-of-work settings to gain later access through their in-office privileges, and the growing threats to infrastructure. See more from the popular presentation of The Five Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques and How to Counter Them.
Understanding Meltdown and Spectre
Ars Technica offers both an overview and a more detailed explanation of the vulnerabilities exploited by the two flaws found in Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. The problem is most severe for Intel chips, as noted in the article and further analysis by PC World, but all three firms are affected. Apple has also released patches to protect against Spectre.
Chip Flaws Have Long-Term Impacts
"Even if hackers do not exploit the two new chip flaws, there will be economic consequences," when the patches for Meltdown will slow performance, and Spectre may make firms wary of hosting programs on virtual machines. Read the Economist article, Silicon Melts.
Animated Map Shows Spread of WannaCry Virus.
Geography still matters - the virus concentration remained highest in Europe, where it started - but even so, it spread in minutes around the world. See the time-elapsed map at the New York Times.