Intel halts patches, fixes cause problems.

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The chipmaker’s updates to fix the Meltdown and Spectre design flaws have been causing computers to unexpectedly reboot.

‘Intel recommends that manufacturers and users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior.

Intel acknowledged chips in the company’s lines called Broadwell and Haswell were causing problems after receiving updates. The company said Thursday newer chip models called Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Kaby Lake and Skylake are also affected.

On Sunday, Linus Torvalds, an influential software developer known for creating Linux, which underpins systems like Android and Chrome OS, repeatedly called the Meltdown updates “garbage”.’

https://www.cnet.com/news/intel-stops-some-chip-patches-unexpected-reboot-meltdown-spectre/

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Microsoft halts chip patches after some PCs can’t reboot

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Microsoft halts chip patches after some PCs can’t reboot.

The Windows updates patched the Spectre and Meltdown flaws. Some computers with chips made by AMD wouldn’t turn on again after getting the update.

https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-amd-spectre-meltdown-halt-chip-patches-pcs-unbootable-brick/

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More About Meltdown & Spectre

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A CRITICAL FLAW BREAKS BASIC SECURITY FOR MOST COMPUTERS

“These hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which [is] currently processed on the computer,” reads a description of the attacks on a website the researchers created. “While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs.”

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Massive Leak Exposes 123 Million

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Massive leak exposes data on 123 million US households

“An unsecured database contained a wide range of personal details about virtually every American household, researchers say.

The repository contained massive data sets belonging to Alteryx partner Experian, a consumer credit reporting agency that competes with Equifax, and the US Census Bureau, researchers said. Alteryx apparently purchased the data from Experian’s ConsumerView marketing database, a product sold to other companies that contains a combination of publicly available information and more personal data.”

https://www.cnet.com/news/massive-leak-exposes-data-on-123m-us-households/

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Don’t buy this fake Support Software

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“Scammers are tricking victims into paying $25 for fake security software, ZDNet reports.

According to tech support site BleepingComputer, victims can “trick” the program into shutting down: once they reach the PayPal purchase screen, they can hit Ctrl+O to open a dialogue box, and then enter http://hitechnovation.com/thankyou.txt. This makes the program think they’ve paid the $25, and it shuts down.”

https://www.cnet.com/news/this-scam-tricks-you-into-buying-fake-tech-support-software/

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