KENOSHA, WI: Earlier this week Google announced two vulnerabilities that will allow hackers full access to information on your computer. This is a critical issue because two of the vulnerabilities are built into the architecture of all CPUs, the third is limited to Intel CPUs only.
Microsoft had released a rapid patch to mitigate 2 of the 3 attacks but found that Anti-Virus conflicts were causing devices to become unusable. They have since implemented a protection within the patch that will detect the AV installed and will not move forward unless the AV Engine has been patched for compatibility.
Much of this vulnerability is at the CPU Architecture level, which makes traditional patching impossible. Hardware vendors that use these CPUs are still in the process of understanding the full risk and remediation path.
The process to complete this hack is very difficult and access to the system is required before they can start viewing CPU data. Hackers will NOT have the ability to encrypt, delete, or change data. It only allows them to view information that could include usernames, passwords, sensitive information, etc.
Leeward Business Advisors (LeewardBA) is engaging customers to educate on risks and provide the strategy for moving forward. They are continuing to monitor updates and press releases so that we maintain an up to date posture. Technology providers are still in the process of determining what the full impact is.
The majority of LeewardBA customers’ resources are Intel and Microsoft based. In order to limit their exposure and risk surface as much as possible we are forcibly updating the Anti-Virus Software and Implement the Microsoft Patch. They will move forward with other protective measures as they become available.
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