Apple, Google, Amazon, Meta and IBM will attend a meeting at the White House to discuss software security after the United States suffered several major cyber attacks in 2021. According to Reuters, this meeting will be held today and will be hosted by Deputy National Security Adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger.
The meeting comes after White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan sent a letter to CEOs of Apple and other major technology companies regarding the discovery of “security vulnerabilities in open source software called Log4j that organizations around the world use to record data in their applications.” ”
This vulnerability was discovered in December, and in just a few days all major companies were able to fix the vulnerability. In Apple’s case, this Log4j software offered an iCloud vulnerability.
According to Eclectic Light, Apple has patched a hole in iCloud. The site states that researchers were able to demonstrate a vulnerability when connecting to iCloud via the web on December 9 and 10, and the same vulnerability no longer worked on December 11. It seems that the exploitation did not affect macOS.
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Adam Meyers of Crowdstrike said the vulnerability was “fully armed” and that tools were readily available to exploit it. “The Internet is currently on fire,” he added shortly after the exploitation was made public.
In addition to large technology companies, government agencies will attend, including the Ministry of Homeland Security, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Trade.
Reuters reports that cybersecurity was “a top priority for the Biden administration after several major cyber attacks last year.”
If we learn anything from this meeting, or if Apple and other companies make a statement, we will update this story.
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