Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing break and that you're refreshed and ready for an outstanding spring semester.
As you return, please make sure that you do your operating system and software updates if you are responsible for your own systems -- no need to end a nice relaxing break cleaning up your machine after a break-in or compromise. (It is also a good time to make sure you've updated all your personal machines and mobile devices.)
We'd also like to take the opportunity to remind you to have strong passwords or
Computer researchers have recently revealed that the main chip inside most modern computers and other electronic devices --- the CPU --- has a hardware design flaw, or bug. This flaw creates two serious security issues dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre”.
The design flaw in CPUs has been there since 1995 and affects most CPUs, regardless of manufacturer. While the scope of the problem is not yet well understood, it is believed to affect nearly every modern computer and device with a CPU.
At this time, we know it affects the hardware that runs Microsoft