Saturday October 06, 2018

Bloomberg Stands by Chinese Chip Story as Apple, Amazon Ratchet Up Denials

Shortly after Bloomberg published a bombshell story on how China used a tiny chip to infiltrate US companies, Amazon and Apple vehemently denied the claims, stating there were "many inaccuracies" in the report and how there is "no truth" to the story. While some experts say the scenario is plausible, senior Apple executives say they have never seen the chip and never even met with the FBI, who was purportedly involved in the investigation. Now, even Britain’s national cyber security agency is backing the tech giants’ denials.

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If the Bloomberg story is true, there are thousands of compromised motherboards out there, and companies will be scouring their data centers for them. People have already identified the specific circuit board featured in the graphic at the top of the Bloomberg article, though it's not clear if this is a real photograph or a Bloomberg-made mockup. If the story is accurate, sooner or later someone will produce a compromised board and do a public teardown.