Apple, Amazon deny report of Chinese cyberattack

Todd Singleton
October 5, 2018

The FBI declined to comment for the story. A chip can also steal encryption keys for secure communications, block security updates that would neutralize the attack, and open up new pathways to the internet.

Needless to say, all involved, including Beijing, deny the allegations, cry wolf, and say the facts are either misrepresented or non-existent, but the fallout is yet to be felt completely. "We have repeatedly and consistently offered factual responses, on the record, refuting virtually every aspect of Bloomberg's story relating to Apple". Apple and AWS deny these moves involving Super Micro were related to chip worries.

In 2015, Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, known today as Amazon Prime Video. In all, 17 people confirmed the manipulation of Supermicro's hardware and other elements of the attacks. According to three "senior insiders", however, Apple also discovered the malicious chip in the summer of 2015 and cut ties with the company the following year.

Amazon also offloaded its physical server business in China past year, the alleged reasoning for which is just coming out now as being due to cybersecurity risks.

The attack was reportedly discovered in 2015 by the USA intelligence services, as well as by Apple and Amazon as the companies purchased servers made by Super Micro Computer.

The operation is thought to have been targeting valuable commercial secrets and government networks, the news agency said. "Bloomberg's reporters have not been open to the possibility that they or their sources might be wrong or misinformed", said Apple, who ended its relationship with Super Micro in 2016. Nor have we engaged in an investigation with the government.

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The report claims the chips were inserted while the servers were being manufactured in factories in China. They had fallen as low as $8.50 earlier in the session.

Amazon reported the findings to United States authorities, the report stated, but the investigation is still open some three years later.

Super Micro said in a statement that it "has never been contacted by any government agencies either domestic or foreign regarding the alleged claims".

Nested on the servers' motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn't part of the boards' original design. Amazon reported the matter to U.

China was well placed to carry out this kind of attack, said Bloomberg, because 90% of the world's PCs are made in the country.

"It's untrue that AWS knew about a supply chain compromise, an issue with malicious chips, or hardware modifications when acquiring Elemental", Amazon said. Bloomberg quoted "three senior insiders" as saying they had also discovered the tiny chips, which Bloomberg said were much smaller than a penny and were created to transmit information back to China about the data flowing across the servers. Apple and Amazon, however, both deny working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a top-secret probe.

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