U.S. government agrees with Apple and Amazon, says their servers were not compromised by China

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.

source: DHS via TechCrunch

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18 Comments

1. yalokiy

Posts: 1103; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Bloomberg doing yellow press?

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Bloomberg has severe Trump derangement syndrome just like Fake news CNN and zombie news MSNBC. Remember that folks. They just like to make up bombshell stories with lots of anonymous sources just to make Trump administration look bad. In the end they are just nothing burgers at most.

17. IT-Engineer

Posts: 577; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Wow, you really like that little orange mushroom don't ya!!

2. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The same govt where Apple can do no wrong, that they sleep in bed with? Sorry Apple. Lied the last time they claimed they didn't have a breach. I'm suppose to believe a govt thst lied about Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and a. Unch of more stuff they did to start illegal wars???? Well I know Apple is lying like dogs now along with the lying dog Trump.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

umm... OK, whatever you say...

4. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This Samsung fanboy will do his best to bash Apple. Apple would release the Note 9 with an Apple logo on it's back, and suddenly it will be trash in his eyes.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Blah, I've gotten so tired of the mindless tribalism of Apple VS Samsung VS Google VS whatever. I love a good argument, but I would rather fight over something relevant or at least make the arguments entertaining, or in the case of post 2, legible.

6. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm not talking about you, I'm talking about Techie, the blind Samsung fanboy.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No, I understand you, I know you aren't talking about me. I was just making a statement in line with yours.

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I actually g like IPhones and own them. I have an X that I'm paying for. Though I didn't buy it for me, I did buy one for myself. I didnt keep it. I also love the Gold XS Max and I will be buying one along with a matching series 4, as soon as black Friday deals hit up next month. The problem with you guys is, if anyone says something you dont like, even when it's true, that person has to be a hater. When Apple was guilty of stealing Samsung patents, Obama vetoed it. When Apple was suing Samsung, every court outside the USA invalidated many if them. Only in the US did Apple win. Apple was found guilty in a court of law and the President blocked it. How about government knowing Apple and many other companies do open tax evasion, knowing they are using tax laws that are broad and poorly written, and yet won't fix them, then that is corporate and govt collusion and it hurts consumers. I don't have to worship the iPhone to enjoy it. An as a paying customer, I have a right to complain or bash as I see fit. Samsung gets and deserves bashing too. Samsung is of no benefif to me other than they make a product I want to buy and so do 300M others. I have use far and away more brands of phones in my life than most of you because I dont have fan boy blind loyalty.

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Obozo is the homeless old lying sick Dog. He never even born in USA and yet became president by his lying mouth and help of Demon-rat cronies. He made the Debt of USA double in his 2 term period and exported all the American jobs overseas. I wonder how he sleeps at night knowing how badly he destroyed the USA. He was a president only to California and New York. Actually he wasn't even a president, he was a talking head with a loudmouth. All talk No action typical two faced sloppy politician.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You need help man, even your precious Trump admits Obama was born in the USA. And it's not like Trump is cutting on the national debt, in fact, they will grow under his current budgets. And if someone is a talking head with a loudmouth, it's Trump.

18. IT-Engineer

Posts: 577; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

You sure do love that orange little Mario mushroom, don't ya!!

16. yalokiy

Posts: 1103; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Those were lies about what they did, here it doesn't make any sense to cover up, since it's about Chinese company "SuperMicro" servers. And it's not about only Apple, it's more about Amazon and other companies that use SuperMicro hardware.

9. gamehead unregistered

I don't trust governments or companies so this statement means nothing to me

12. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

We have no other choice.

13. mootu

Posts: 1539; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"We have no other choice." Yeah we do, you don't have to trust anyone if you don't want to.

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

In a way, using their technology means trusting them indeed. We trust them with sharing our entire life with them.

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