Audit finds no proof of spy chips in Apple's servers, as truth falls first victim of the trade war with China

Audit finds no proof of spy chips in Apple's servers, as truth falls first victim of the trade war with China
Remember Bloomberg's explosive report from "anonymous sources in the intelligence community" that claimed spy chips have been planted in motherboards out of China that went into Amazon, Apple, and other's servers? Well, Apple and Amazon are already on record saying that in an effort to cry wolf, Bloomberg has confused stories and essentially created a piece of fake news.

In a sign that "our democracy is under attack" spy stories from anonymous sources should be taken with a rock of salt, an independent audit of the alleged culprit, Super Micro, found zilch in its turn, informs Reuters. The allegations came out just when the White House administration and intelligence agencies were gearing up for a trade and intellectual property war with China.

Stories about the country's nefarious intents started flooding the media with anecdotal evidence and from anonymous sources as if to prepare and form the public opinion towards what could be a long and protracted tit-for-tat that can cause damage on both sides. The latest installment of that saga is the request that the Huawei founder's granddaughter be extradited to face trial in the US, countered by China with a potential ban on all but the newest iPhones.

In any case, the "intelligence agencies" are known to have planted a story or two to serve their strategic purposes, and the "spy chip in iCloud servers" story may turn out to be greatly exaggerated, too. Led by former federal prosecutors, the Super Micro audit examined current and former motherboard models, including the ones sold to Apple or Amazon, as well as adjacent software, and found no signal intelligence being doled out or sent anywhere. 

The China trade war thing is apparently going to get worse before it gets better, and Super Micro is now "reviewing its legal options," perhaps in an intent to sue Bloomberg for the piece or demand retraction. Cue the popcorn.

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7 Comments

1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Only android phones has built in spy chips but no wants to argue since its OS is spying too and government agencies didn’t find it difficult to unlock due to backdoor.

3. notfair

Posts: 675; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

you're just bats**t crazy.

5. Papa_Ji

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Every country should ban US spying products and softwares... All US companies share data with US government. https://www.theverge.com/2013/6/6/4403868/nsa-fbi-mine-data-apple-google-facebook-microsoft-others-prism US= Cheater$ and terrori$t country

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6387; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

A 16 year old kid broke into your beloved fruit servers. Keep fooling yourself lol.

2. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

No need spy chips in apple servers. It's so very easy to hack even a 16 yr old boy can do it. LOL

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Let me see you do it.

4. notfair

Posts: 675; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

this article is greatly exaggerated, the findings were leading to point blank evidence of those spy chips and to apple not alerting the authorities and fall silent. what apple did was despicable, stop defending them.

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