NEW YORK – Almost every computer, tablet, smartphone and even cloud server may have been exposed to hackers for years.
Researchers found security flaws in computer processors.
These bugs could allow hackers to grab personal information from millions of devices.
However, companies kept it quiet for several months until a fix was developed so hackers couldn’t exploit the flaw.
Now, companies are racing to get software updates out.
But experts say it’s not the end of the world.
“People shouldn’t panic, there’s no evidence any bad actors have discovered it ahead of time and are using it and of course the tech companies are working to get it patched for everybody,” Dan Ackerman, section editor for CNET, said.
Tech giants like Google, Microsoft and others already have a fix in place or are putting one out soon.
Experts say it’s extremely important you run the latest software updates on your devices to make sure your information stays safe.