A major U.S. telecommunications company discovered manipulated hardware from Super Micro Computer Inc. in its network and removed it in August, fresh evidence of tampering in China of critical technology components bound for the U.S., according to a security expert working for the telecom company.
The security expert, Yossi Appleboum, provided documents, analysis and other evidence of the discovery following the publication of an investigative report in Bloomberg Businessweek that detailed how China’s intelligence services had ordered subcontractors to plant malicious chips in Supermicro server motherboards over a two-year period ending in 2015.
Fresh fuel for the fire.
According to The Art of War by Sun Tzu, you can deceive the enemy by deceiving one’s allies. We really don’t know what is happening behind scenes, it could be true or it could be a deception. If it is true it is not convenient for Apple and Amazon and they are going to deny it until the last moment. The burden of the proof lies on Bloomberg’s back but with anonymous is just another fake news. And I’m starting to dislike Apple very much in the last years.
Trump will jump on that fast
All tech companies are massively denying it, which kind of makes me think that it happened even more than what the articles state.
I mean, if your only worry is making more money, security is not going to be even in the top 10 issues they’re worried about, especially in the supply chain or having special auditing and supply chain custody.
Back in the early 2000s there were tons of speculation on the net about Microsoft putting in backdoors into their operating system and regardless that even Win10 sends all kinds of usage statistics and improving cortana and whatever they don’t backdoor their products because you can never get away with it on the long term.
If news like this breaks out that can destroy the company. I think they already QQing about it at Supermicro because of the instant sales/customers drop since this come out couple of days ago.
Manufacture your stuff in China and China steals it just like everything.
Regardless that this surveillance chip was probably used to steal data from multiple companies for various reasons it is funny to think about that china manufactures so complex chips what they cannot easily reverse engineer (but they can produce) so they put backdoor into the same hardware to steal off the plans from the engineers workspaces who using them