Apple and Amazon have denied a recent Bloomberg report which stated that their systems contained malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence.
Bloomberg Businessweek cited 17 unnamed sources with knowledge of a huge “supply chain attack” conducted by China that affected around 30 companies, as well as multiple US government agencies.
According to Bloomberg’s report, malicious chips as small as a sharpened pencil tip were planted by a unit of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. It claims these chips allowed Beijing to gain access to the supply chain of a firm called Supermicro, known as the “Microsoft of the hardware world.”
Amazon has clarified: “We’ve found no evidence to support claims of malicious chips or hardware modifications.”
Apple said it had refuted “virtually every aspect” of the story in on-record responses to Bloomberg: “Apple has never found malicious chips, ‘hardware manipulations’ or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server.”