Executives from some of the largest and most prominent U.S. technology companies, including those from Apple, will attend a White House cybersecurity meeting in the wake of multiple attacks on the United States that have exploited open source software.

The meeting this Thursday, Jan. 13, was prompted in particular by the discovery of a vulnerability in the open source software Log4j, which is used internationally to record data in applications. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan wrote to Big Tech CEOs last December, stating that such open source software is a “key national security concern.”

The meeting with Deputy National Security Advisor Anne Neueberger will focus on ways to improve the security of open source software, at least according to a Reuters report these hours. In addition to Apple, Amazon and IBM, the list of executives attending the White House is expected to extend to Microsoft, Meta, Oracle and experts from some government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense.

The meeting dedicated to Open Source software security also comes after other sensational incidents, as Reuters also notes, including the SolarWinds hack of 2021 that led to fraudulent access of government emails and phones, as well as a variety of private companies, including Microsoft, Intel and Nvidia and many more. It also follows the breach at the U.S. Treasury Department that occurred in 2020.

At the time of writing, a full list of who exactly will be attending the meeting, and which company representatives will be present, is not available. However, the meeting is also expected to take place via virtual participation.

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