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Dr Yarom said the discovery of Meltdown and Spectre would have a lasting impact on global computing.

Independent security researcher Lukasz Olejnik pointed out that although the bugs are currently difficult to execute, now that they are public, malicious parties will develop increasingly effective ways to carry them out.

A Singapore-based Microsoft spokesman said: "We have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities had been used to attack our customers".

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich criticized media coverage of the vulnerabilities as overblown.

On Wednesday, Intel admitted to creating processors with the serious flaws that were originally revealed by British media outlet The Register. ARM has put out a security briefing note, indicating which chips could have been affected by Spectre.

Both Intel and Google said they were planning to disclose the issue next week when fixes will be available.

Most interesting (and potentially troubling) about the transactions is the fact that it left Krzanich with exactly 250,000 shares-the bare minimum that he is required to hold as CEO of the company, according to the company bylaws.

Apple confirmed that Spectre and Meltdown affects its Mac and iOS devices. Xbox consoles are mitigated against the flaw should come as a relief but there is no discounting the fact that a larger system of computing devices still remain at the risk of losing critical data including passwords and private web addresses. That sounds silly, but that's the only thing you can really do right now. "The bad news is that users will once again have to install a security update, and businesses are likely to have to restart thousands of computers to apply the fixes", said Cluley. Both Meltdown and Spectre can essentially erode the boundaries in a machine that seperate one client's data from another.

Due to this, desktop, laptop, and cloud computer owners should be worried.

As of yet, there have not been any reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited, but revelations about the problem have left tech companies in an dangerous situation.

Google has notified that Android devices on the latest security patch are protected.

Furthermore, these exploits affect virtually everyone and all systems that rely on either AMD or Intel processors. "The good news is that Spectre is harder to exploit". Google released a blog post on Wednesday with details on its findings.

Apple already patched the nasty security flaw in its Mac platform last month with the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 release.

However, investors appear not to be completely convinced.