Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

US Govt Backs Apple, Amazon Denials of Spy Chip Report

US Govt Backs Apple, Amazon Denials of Spy Chip Report

It said that US investigators had found that Chinese agents operating on behalf of the People's Liberation Army had used a combination of subterfuge, bribery, and threats to insert the compromising chips during various stages of Supermicro's supply chain, after which point they would have been almost impossible to detect and given backdoor access to the systems they were implanted in. The US Department of Homeland Security also chimed in, stating that it is in agreement with the United Kingdom on this and has "no reason to doubt the statements" from companies named in the initial story. "The NCSC engages confidentially with security researchers and urges anybody with credible intelligence about these reports to contact us".

While I'd like to believe companies like Apple and Amazon protect both consumers and the government - for all that is wrong with capitalism, our money is meaningful if nothing else is - I think I would be shocked if the hack was real and they copped to it without a lot more pressure, which they probably won't get as long as citizens/customers aren't directly involved.

"We are aware of the media reports but at this stage have no reason to doubt the detailed assessments made by AWS and Apple", said the National Cyber Security Center, a unit of Britain's eavesdropping agency, GCHQ.

Apple, Amazon, and SuperMicro have denied Bloomberg's claims that their servers were infiltrated by Chinese agents who inserted microchips into their equipment.

The boards were used on servers owned by USA tech firms, and the chips reportedly allowed the Chinese to obtain data on the compromised equipment.

"We tried to figure out if there was anything, anything, that transpired that's even remotely close to this", an unnamed senior Apple security executive told Buzzfeed News.

Pro-Russian party wins parliamentary elections in Latvia
Latvia is a member of both the Eurozone and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation , having joined the military alliance in 2004. And the New Conservative Party is running on a strong anti-corruption platform but has struggled to gain voter support.

Gayle to skip ODI series against India
The tourists were all out for 181 in their first innings and managed only a 15-run improvement the second time around. Surprisingly, Chase and Paul had little difficulty in picking the chinaman, who bowled the first over the day.

Pixel Slate: first Images of Google’s new tablet leak
Alleged photos of both units have appeared online and displayed a Pixel 3 with much smaller bezels than the current Pixel 2 . The Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL could be quite similar smartphones with several common features and specifications.

"Apple's proprietary security tools are continuously scanning for precisely this kind of outbound traffic, as it indicates the existence of malware or other malicious activity". "Nothing was ever found". Super Micro also denies that it has been shipping bugged motherboards to customers.

The infiltration of the computer systems, which stemmed from servers assembled by Super Micro Computer Inc., was investigated as part of an Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-intelligence probe, according to national security officials familiar with the matter.

The letter comes in response to a story Bloomberg Businessweek published Thursday.

Bloomberg said on Friday it stood by its story, which was based on 17 anonymous sources.

"In essence, this story seems to pass the sniff test", says Theo Markettos, who is on the security team at Cambridge University's Computer Lab.

Bloomberg has stuck by its report, insisting on its veracity.

Like this: