Congressman wants answers about chip security flaws
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The outcry over two chip vulnerabilities has reached Capitol Hill. Rep. Jerry McNerney, a California Democrat, wants major processor makers Intel, AMD and Arm to provide a briefing on the Spectre and Meltdown flaws that have received widespread attention.
What he said: “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,” McNerney said in a letter to the firms’ chief executives.
Yes, but: So far, McNerney is the only lawmaker to formally ask questions about the chip security flaws, so it isn't necessarily indicative of broader congressional concern.
Go deeper: Axios’ Ina Fried explains everything you need to know about the two bugs.