Updated 01/05/2018 10:00 AM EST
H-ISAC was alerted to vulnerabilities in most processor chips that have been produced since 1995. The vulnerabilities were discovered by several security research teams and publicly announced Monday evening. Meltdown and Spectre are two techniques researchers have discovered that have the potential to exploit these processor vulnerabilities. The techniques circumvent protections to expose data which could include passwords, proprietary information, or encrypted communications, depending on the technique used. There are no examples of either exploit in the wild at this time.
H-ISAC 01/04/2018 7:20 AM post has been updated with the above 1-5-18 post.