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9. Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities discovered

In January 2018, computer researchers discovered two major vulnerabilities in CPUs named Spectre and Meltdown. In short, it was revealed that attackers could potentially read sensitive information such as passwords when processors make data temporarily available outside of the chip via speculative execution.

Intel and Apple were quick to provide updates to patch the vulnerability.

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By Fox Van Allen

Fox Van Allen is a Los Angeles-based writer for CBS Interactive covering technology, tech lifestyle and gaming topics for GameSpot, CNET, ZDNet and TechRepublic. He has previously worked as a news and feature writer for a number of other sites, inclu...