Meltdown and Spectre Hacks Explained

It has been a heck of a week for the Intel Company. They have taken a beating over the past several days with regards to an issue exposed in the firmware that powers their processor chipsets. If you haven’t heard about this already, here is the short of it. Intel was contacted by several security research teams. All of which found a type of architectural deficiency that could be exploited to gain access to personal data at the processor level. When boiled down, the research teams involved found a total of two exploits. These two exploits could open up your personal data to applications and processes that do not have permission to do so. The exploits have become to be known as “Spectre” and “Meltdown.” Did I mention that these have been around for the past 20 years? The rest of this article is geared to provide a simple explanation of each of these exploits and how they work.

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Getting a FREE SSL Certificate and Installing Let’s Encrypt on Ubuntu 16.04

Usually when you need to obtain an SSL Certificate, you may have found yourself going to one of the major certificate authorities. Of which some of those include Symantec, Digicert, Network Solutions, or Go Daddy. All of these are trusted providers for SSL Certificates. Browsers tend to trust these authorities over a self-signed certificate because there is some sort of validation process happening to ensure everything is on the up-and-up when it comes to SSL Encryption. Most SSL Certificate Authorities will even provide you with some sort of insurance if something goes wrong and the SSL Encryption is broken. For that reason, you may end up paying upwar
ds of $100 – $500 per year for the SSL Certificate.

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Twitter is Too Easy To Hack

The Twitter hack is on! In the past several weeks, we’ve seen a number of news stories containing claims that celebrities’ Twitter accounts have been hacked. In the past two days claims that both Anderson Cooper and CBS’ anchor James Brown twitter accounts have been hacked. Only to find that the supposed hackers said something mean to Donald Trump and posted a link to a porn site.

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