Apple, Amazon, SuperMicro deny reports of Chinese microchip infiltration

08 October, 2018, 23:27 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Instrumental AI

"The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the media reports of a technology supply chain compromise", the agency said.

A report published last week by Bloomberg Businessweek claimed that China had infiltrated servers of 30 U.S. companies, including Apple and Amazon.

Apple Vice President for Information Security George Stathakopoulos wrote in a letter to the Senate and House commerce committees that the company had repeatedly investigated and found no evidence for the main points in a Bloomberg Businessweek article published on Thursday, including that chips inside servers sold to Apple by Super Micro Computer Inc (SMCI.PK) allowed for backdoor transmissions to China.

These servers were apparently purchased by Apple, Amazon and around 30 other companies, and also used by the USA and United Kingdom government - which could have given Beijing unprecedented access to corporate and state secrets. "On this we can be very clear: Apple has never found malicious chips, "hardware manipulations" or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server", it read. But the three companies featured in the story-Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro-have all issued broad and strongly worded denials.

A nothing burger or the year's biggest tech story?

"In the end, our internal investigations directly contradict every consequential assertion made in the article-some of which, we note, were based on a single anonymous source", Stathakopoulos wrote.

Turkish officials say Saudi writer killed
Khashoggi is a contributor to the The Washington Post and was twice editor-in-chief of Al-Watan, a Saudi newspaper. The Saudi journalist was at the consulate in order to obtain documents that certified his divorce.

Google exposed personal data of nearly 500,000 and didn't disclose it
Google says that if all goes to plan, it expects the consumer version to be shuttered by the end of August 2019. Over the course of this slow shutdown, they'll let you know of ways to download and migrate your data from it.

Former first daughter Barbara Bush gets married in "very secret wedding"
She added in another post, "My heart exploded last night as I watched my dearest sissy get married in Maine. The wedding was officiated by the bride's aunt, Dorothy Bush Koch", stated the family.

Both Amazon and Apple strongly refute the story.

A senior security engineer directly involved in Apple's internal investigation described it as "endoscopic", noting they had never seen a chip like the one described in the story, let alone found one.

Amazon's denial, issued last Thursday, was also broad and unequivocal.

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.

Amazon responded that "at no time, past or present, have we ever found any issues relating to modified hardware or malicious chips in Super Micro motherboards in any Elemental or Amazon systems". But it remains unclear whether this was a photograph of an actual board or a digital recreation.



Twins' Miguel Sano runs over policeman in hit and run
Gillandeux suffered breaks to both the tibia and fibula of his left leg and was taken to the hospital by Sano, according to Duran. He was told to pull over during a routine road check, and ran over a police officer.

EPL: Sarri singles out Chelsea player in 3-0 win over Southampton
The likes of Hazard , N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud returned to the line-up for the Blues after missing the Europa League encounter.

Gayle to miss ODIs and T20 series
Ashwin was their main tormentor in the morning and in the second session, it was Kuldeep's turn to dominate. Indian skipper Virat Kohli: "Don't think you can compare the two conditions (England and India )".

Mahrez misses late penalty as Man City draw at Liverpool
Unfortunately, the deadlock wasn't broken. "We have to start thinking about the players". Reflecting on the stalemate, Robertson added: "We started well".

Melania Trump loop his african tour in Egypt
When she managed to put some real distance between them - an ocean - by going to Africa, many observed that she seemed to blossom. In June, the first lady was photographed wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words " I really don't care, do u? " on its back.

Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees
For the first time, a Ballon d'Or for women players will be awarded this year, with the nominees to be announced later Monday. Chelsea midfielder Kante was a pivotal figure in France's World Cup success and helped his club win the FA Cup in May.

Microsoft Announces Game Streaming, Testing To Begin Next Year
Stream, on the other hand, lets you sign up to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey from your Chrome browser today . We'll begin public trials in 2019 so we can learn and scale with different volumes and locations.

Google Pixel Slate renders appear to reveal design, detachable keyboard and stylus
While we thought the leaks might die down before the official launch on Tuesday, October 9, the opposite has happened. Of course, all the Google Pixel 3 devices available in the market, are the pre-released version of the final device.

Tropical Storm Michael expected to slam into Florida as hurricane
A hurricane watch has been issued from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwanee River, Florida. A man pulls a boat as Tropical Storm Michael approaches in Cancun, Mexico, October 7, 2018.

Guardiola confirms he wanted Mahrez to take penalty
It's a good result - I'm so satisfied with what we have done", said Guardiola . "How we played was different to previous seasons. It was really intense and both showed respect for the other team", he said.