The ‘Spectre’ and ‘Meltdown’ Chip Vulnerabilities Could Affect Grid Hardware

By [email protected] Grid infrastructure could be at risk from a microprocessor vulnerability that has shaken up the IT industry, warn analysts.

Dima Tokar, co-founder and chief technology officer at the internet-of-things analysis firm MachNation, said a security loophole unveiled this month could be present in many energy plant components.

“This vulnerability is wide-reaching and affects many different [chip] makers,” he said. “Anyone operating mission-critical systems or infrastructure should assume they are vulnerable until they confirm otherwise.”

Ben Kellison, director of grid research at GTM Research, said it was still unclear how profoundly the problem might impact the energy industry. “If this issue is

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