Intel notified some of its customers of the security flaws in its processors, dubbed Spectre and Meltdown, but left out the U.S. government as part of that. Some of the companies Intel notified included Chinese technology companies, though the report suggests there is no evidence that any information was misused. An Intel spokesperson said that the company wasn’t able to tell everyone it planned because the news was made public earlier than expected.
So the real questions are: did China inform Russia of these vulnerabilities, and has Russia created tools to leverage these exploits? Why would Intel hide this information from the United States government?
This goes back to something I am adamantly against: withholding news of vulnerabilities of this nature so the intelligence communities can stockpile and leverage internally developed exploit kits to their so-called advantage.