IMPORTANT Service Alert: Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities
Nearly every computer and smart device is potentially vulnerable to being compromised due to the underlying computer chips. Two bugs - Meltdown and Spectre - are similar in nature in that they allow malicious programs to exploit identified vulnerabilities and steal data from system memory of active programs, including passwords, payment card information, etc. Basically, if it has a computer chip in it, it could be vulnerable to attack. No real-world exploits have been reported yet. What You Should Do
Tufts is actively checking, patching and updating university managed machines and servers. And we as that in order to protect yourself and your data, please do the following:
- PATCHES and UPDATES: Make sure to apply patches and updates from software vendors and update your operating systems as soon as patches are available.
- THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK: Be extra vigilant when clicking on potential links or responding to phishing messages, as cybercriminals will be quick to exploit these flaws and trick users into unknowingly downloading malicious programs that exploit these flaws.
- ANTIVIRUS: If not already in place, install and use the most current version of Antivirus software.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the TTS Service Desk at (617) 627-3376.