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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