Your hardware is now a bigger threat than your software. We are all accustomed to the drumbeat of malware, viruses, and trojans, etc, invading our computing platforms. However, since January of 2018 we have learned these issues have been relegated to the “good old days” when updating and patching would keep you safe from intrusive hackers and malicious government actors.
We now know that Hardware design flaws introduced as early as the late 1990s have created fundamental weaknesses in every major computer system from hand-helds to tablets to servers. What is more problematic is that the intended patches are not able to secure hardware flaws without compromising computing performance to the point systems are unsuited for their intended purposes. Some manufacturers have discontinued efforts to patch hardware and have simply “moved on” from the issue. Read more below.