In letters sent to lawmakers it was revealed that Intel did not inform U.S. cybersecurity officials of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet notified the chipmaker of the problems.
Intel said it did not think the flaws needed to be shared with U.S. authorities as hackers had not exploited the vulnerabilities but current and former U.S. government officials have raised concerns that the government was not informed of the flaws before they became public because the flaws potentially held national security implications.
Intel only told the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, better known as US-CERT, about Meltdown and Spectre after reports on them in online technology site The Register had begun to circulate.
Details of when the chip flaws were disclosed were detailed in letters sent by Intel, Alphabet, and Apple on Thursday in response to questions from Representative Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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