Bloomberg reported about Super Micro motherboards that Chinese Military managed to insert tiny chipsets inside their motherboards which were users by major tech companies such as Apple, Amazon, and even US Government too.
These companies were using the motherboards supplied by Super Micro which is a US-based hardware company whose products are manufactured in China.
The Chinese Military somehow managed to insert tiny chipsets inside the motherboards which were developed in China and this could have allowed personal information of users to be stolen.
This report by Bloomberg was denied by Super Micro, Apple, and Amazon. Even the Chinese government released an official statement in which they referred to themselves as a “resolute defender of cybersecurity”
In this situation, the UK’s Cybersecurity agent, the National Cyber Security Center also called NCSC fully supported US tech giants in their denials of the report claiming about the tiny chipset being inserted into the hardware used by them.
To openly support the companies in this situation, NCSC released a statement regarding this issue which cites that:
“We aware of the media reports but at this stage have no reason to doubt the detailed assessments made by AWS and Apple,”
“The NCSC engages confidentially with security researchers and urges anybody with credible intelligence about these reports to contact us.”
Apple and Amazon also released their statements to deny this report. It was a rare occurrence as these companies rarely deny any reports or rumors published about them but in this, these reports were significant.
In a blog post, Amazon said that:
“There are so many inaccuracies in this article as it relates to Amazon that they’re hard to count.”
Apple denied the report saying:
“We are deeply disappointed that Bloomberg did not consider that its sources might be wrong or misinformed.”