U.S. government agrees with Apple and Amazon, says their servers were not compromised by China
Last week, we told you about a report from Bloomberg that accused the Chinese of inserting "spy chips" inside servers that were delivered to major tech companies like Apple and Amazon. Apple denied the report, and said that Bloomberg is confusing an event that took place in 2016 when the company found an infected driver on a single Super Micro server in one of its labs. Apple's investigation found that this was the result of an accident and was not an attack on the firm.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement on Saturday that says it is aware of the original Bloomberg report that discusses a "technology supply chain compromise." The statement adds that DHS has no reason "at this time" not to believe the statements from companies like Apple, Amazon and Supermicro denying the existence of the tiny spy chips.
According to Bloomberg's original report, microchips the size of a sharpened pencil tip (see image at the top of this article) were embedded on motherboards built by Taiwan-American firm Supermicro. The boards were used on servers owned by U.S. tech firms, and the chips reportedly allowed the Chinese to obtain data on the compromised equipment.
For its part, Bloomberg is still sticking with its story.