Bloomberg reported Thursday that Chinese operatives were able to insert malicious microchips in motherboards made by Super Micro Computer Inc. SMCI, -52.52% a company from which Apple Inc. AAPL, -1.01% and Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -1.61% units bought products. The report says that microchips not part of the original motherboard design were found by Apple as well as by a third party that was looking into the security of Elemental, a company that Amazon eventually acquired. Bloomberg said that hardware hacks are often difficult to pull off but can have dire consequences if successful. The report cites numerous anonymous sources. Amazon.com, Apple, Super Micro, and the China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the report in statements provided to Bloomberg. Super Micro shares are down 11% in premarket trading Thursday, while Apple's stock is down 0.7% and Amazon's is off 0.3%. Apple shares have gained 51% over the past 12 months, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.71% has risen 18%
on joue à qui dit vrai... Supermicro Refutes Claims in Bloomberg Article
Supermicro along with Apple and Amazon refute claims in Bloomberg story
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, strongly refutes reports that servers it sold to customers contained malicious microchips in the motherboards of those systems.
In an article today, it is alleged that Supermicro motherboards sold to certain customers contained malicious chips on its motherboards in 2015. Supermicro has never found any malicious chips, nor been informed by any customer that such chips have been found.
Each company mentioned in the article (Supermicro, Apple, Amazon and Elemental) has issued strong statements denying the claims:
Apple stated on CNBC, "We are deeply disappointed that in their dealings with us, Bloomberg's reporters have not been open to the possibility that they or their sources might be wrong or misinformed. Our best guess is that they are confusing their story with a previously reported 2016 incident in which we discovered an infected driver on a single Supermicro server in one of our labs. That one-time event was determined to be accidental and not a targeted attack against Apple."
Steve Schmidt, Chief Information Security Officer at Amazon Web Services stated, "As we shared with Bloomberg BusinessWeek multiple times over the last couple months, at no time, past or present, have we ever found any issues relating to modified hardware or malicious chips in Supermicro motherboards in any Elemental or Amazon systems."
Supermicro has never been contacted by any government agencies either domestic or foreign regarding the alleged claims.
et la saga continue ... plusieurs sources confirment pourtant la nouvelle de Bloomberg . Chinese Spies Put Spy Chips in Servers Used by Apple, Amazon, Major Banks: Bloomberg
Oct 04, 2018 (MarketLine via COMTEX News Network) -- In an extensive 5,000-word investigation spanning both the Obama and Trump administrations and denied outright by every named party but confirmed by six current and former senior national security officials, Bloomberg claimed today that interventions along America's technology supply chain by Chinese spies resulted in compromised Supermicro hardware reaching almost 30 US companies.
Bloomberg named Amazon and Apple as among the companies affected by compromised Supermicro motherboards; claims rejected outright by both parties. The news wire said it has had 17 sources confirm the story. Supermicro servers are in use in the UK across the financial services and oil and gas sectors, among others.This is a huge story, apparently well-sourced. *If* the alleged PLA hardware hack played out as described—then we're looking at an intelligence operation of historic proportions https://t.co/Get5cMHVzg