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Intel hit with three lawsuits over chip security

Intel, which has lost billions of dollars in market value this week after revelations of chip vulnerabilities that have opened up most of the world’s computing devices to the risk of hacking, is now facing at least three related lawsuits — one of which estimates damages of more than $15 billion.

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Apple to issue fix for iPhones, Macs at risk from ‘Spectre’ chip flaw

Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

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Update your software today. Seriously.

Chances are you own a smartphone or computer that contains a chip hackers could potentially exploit to get access to sensitive information.
That’s because billions of devices are affected by two major security flaws revealed by cybersecurity researchers on Wednesday.

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AI cybersecurity: Let’s take some deep breaths

The concept of artificial intelligence in cybersecurity has taken on nearly mythic proportions over the past couple years. Many articles have been written on the topic, breathlessly heralding the potential benefits and hazards posed by the rise of machine learning.

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs
AMD, Arm also affected by data-leak design blunders, Chipzilla hit hardest
Summary The severe design flaw in Intel microprocessors that allows sensitive data, such as passwords and crypto-keys, to be stolen from memory is real – and its details have been revealed.

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HACKER LEXICON: WHAT IS SINKHOLING?

WHEN YOU HAVE tons of leftovers you put them in Tupperware. When you have an excess of phone calls, you send them to voicemail. And when you have a deluge of junk from a botnet attacking your network, you put all that malicious traffic into a sinkhole.

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How Antivirus Software Can Be Turned Into a Tool for Spying
It has been a secret, long known to intelligence agencies but rarely to consumers, that security software can be a powerful spy tool.

Security software runs closest to the bare metal of a computer, with privileged access to nearly every program, application, web browser, email and file. There’s good reason for this: Security products are intended to evaluate everything that touches your machine in search of anything malicious, or even vaguely suspicious.

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Web Tracking Threat Could Raise the Risk of Cybersecurity Breaches, Researchers Find
Researchers at Princeton University recently warned that web tracking firms can abuse password mechanisms to steal usernames and email addresses, increasing the risk of cybersecurity breaches.

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