Tech Tip: King County Information Technology alerts employees to two new security flaws 

King County Information Technology is managing two new security flaws that you may have seen or heard about in the last several days. “Meltdown” and “Spectre” could allow hackers to lift passwords, photos, documents and other data from smartphones and PCs. These flaws affect most computers, laptops, smartphones, and servers. 

All major tech companies are aware and managing the problem. 

Microsoft and Apple have both released patches for PCs, iOS, Macs and Apple TV. Cell carriers will deploy patches to smartphones. KCIT is currently deploying patches to all King County devices. King County employees can protect their personal devices by downloading patches which have been deployed in the last 48 hours. 

As always, if you see something unusual on a work device, shut down your computer and contact the HelpDesk immediately at 20-.263-HELP (4357).