US Representative Asks for Spectre and Meltdown Briefing from Chip Makers

Today, Jerry McNerney, a US Representative, sent a letter to AMD, ARM, and Intel asking for a briefing regarding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities and the handling of the companies regarding the matter.

McNerney is a California representative and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He stated: “I am looking to better understand the nature of these critical vulnerabilities, the danger they pose to consumers and what steps your companies plan to take to protect consumers.”

Earlier this month, the security flaws of Meltdown and Spectre were brought to the attention of everyone, and a number of companies have already released patches to address the said exploits. Intel, which has pledged to patch all recent chips by the end of January, is currently facing a number of lawsuits due to the bugs.

Along with asking for a briefing, Representative McNerney also prepared a handful of issues that the companies should soon be able to address. Those include questions regarding how the consumers will be affected by Spectre and Meltdown when the companies first discovered them, if there is any evidence that the said vulnerabilities have been exploited, and how the companies are making sure that the new chips will be secure.

“The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities are glaring signs that we must take cybersecurity more seriously,” McNerney said. “The warning signs keep piling on, yet cybersecurity practices continue to lag far behind.”