Intel Didn’t Tell Feds About Spectre & Meltdown Flaws Until They Leaked

The PR disaster that is the Spectre and Meltdown fiasco that Intel finds itself in just got worse. Intel apparently failed to inform U.S. cyber security officials about the Meltdown and Spectre chip flaws ahead of when they leaked to the public even though Intel had advanced knowledge of the vulnerabilities, several tech companies said in letters sent out to lawmakers on Thursday. Here’s the details from Reuters:

Intel did not tell the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, better known as US-CERT, about Meltdown and Spectre until Jan. 3, after reports on them in online technology site The Register had begun to circulate.

US-CERT, which issues warnings about cyber security problems to the public and private sector, did not respond to a request for comment.

Oh boy. That’s not going to end well for Intel. With everything that has gone on with the failed remedies, possible insider trading and the like, the optics of this suck. You could make an argument that if there was no active threat, there was no need to tell the feds about this. But good luck arguing that now. And you can bet that lawyers who are suing Intel are going to use this to their advantage.


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