Apple CEO Cook says Bloomberg needs to "do the right thing" and publicly retract its spy chip story

Apple CEO Cook says Bloomberg needs to
Early this month, Bloomberg reported how small "spy chips" were being placed by the Chinese government on motherboards found inside servers used by U.S. tech firms. According to the newswire's sources, one of the companies affected was Apple. But the gang in Cupertino flat out denied that the story was true, stating that Bloomberg was confused. Apple said that in 2016, a single Super Micro server in an Apple lab had an infected driver installed by accident. While Bloomberg continues to believe that its story is accurate, the U.S. government sides with Apple.

This past week, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with BuzzFeed about the incident, and the executive is showing some uncharacteristic public anger that he is directing at Bloomberg. The latter claims that Apple discovered some kind of bug planted in a Super Micro server back in 2015, and promptly stopped doing business with the firm. Cook says that the report was based on "vague secondhand accounts" and he told BuzzFeed that "There is no truth in their story about Apple. They (Bloomberg) need to do that right thing and retract it."


For its part, Bloomberg says that it used 17 individual sources for its story, including government employees and insiders at some of the companies named in the article. The news organization says, "We stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and sources."

Speaking of sources, several of the one used by Bloomberg in composing the story now are raising issues about it. One source in particular, hardware security expert Joe Fitzpatrick, told the Risky Business podcast that the story "doesn't make any sense."

Interestingly, one of the two authors sharing a byline on the Bloomberg piece, Michael Riley, was involved in a similar set of circumstances in 2014. That story claimed that the NSA used a flaw then found on many browsers (called Heartbleed) to gather intelligence. Riley's point was that while the U.S. government knew that this bug existed and used it to their advantage, "[m]illions of ordinary users were left vulnerable to attack from other nations' intelligence arms and criminal hackers." The NSA and the New York Times both denied the veracity of the report.


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17 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I somehow feel like Tim is lying, based on his words. But I might be wrong. Given Apple's track record.

3. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

He said "do the right thing"..... Oh the irony....

8. yalokiy

Posts: 1112; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Not that I'm a fan of Tim or Apple, but this time I agree with him.

11. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

This is the reason why people should never buy any NSA or chinamen sponsored phones. Screw apple, google, huawei, xiaomi. If you want to ensure your privacy, buy Samsung or LG. Not only do you not need to worry about being spied on, Korean tech is also at least a year ahead of the competition and more reliable

2. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Fake news. A news to down stock market.

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1347; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Of course he went admit the story is true unless he has no choice. Army company would deny it for as long as possible.

5. Subie

Posts: 2424; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Bloomberg's original report claimed that almost 30 companies were compromised by these "spy chips", including Amazon. So it's not just Apple who are denying this.

6. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

When it's apple under water, government take their side and claim the news is false. If it's huawei or other companies, it will have instant banning no questions asked. Just imagine what the U.S. will do if apple's value reach more than a trillion dollars.

7. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

PA.....still waiting on an article about this. Are you going to do one or not? https://youtu.be/AVL65qwBGnw

16. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

You do realize he is talking about Macbook batteries right?

9. notfair

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

What a trash man and trash company. They found the chip first and told no-one and tried to bury everything.

10. jsoliz1985

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

They found an infected driver installed, not a chip. Did you even read the article?

17. notfair

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I did read the bloomberg article.

14. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Coming from a company who never admits when they are at fault and blame customers. Tim Cook is a frikkin dog. Tim Cook doesn't have a heart attack. You need some bad publicity.

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Tim Cock lying? Hmmmm lemme think about history. Apple don't prematurely throttle phones... Tim said so right. I wouldn't believe a word the guy says.

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