USA and UK Governments Back Denial of Supermicro Story

USA and UK Governments Back Denial of Supermicro Story

Apple's Vice President for Information Security George Stathakopoulos wrote a letter to the House and Senate commerce committees that the company's security systems, which monitor for the type of malicious activity purported, had found nothing.

The report claimed that in addition to Apple and Amazon, Super Micro manufactured equipment for the U.S. defence department's data centres and other federal government functions - some operated by Apple and Amazon Web Services. However, Apple, Supermicro, and AWS have denied the allegations, with Apple publishing an unambiguous statement that completely rejects the notion of malicious chips being found in any servers. Both have since denied these claims and it looks like the UK's GCHQ and the US Department of Homeland Security are in agreement. But Apple's broadly worded denials-and its decision to continue hammering away at the story days later-seem to rule that out.

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. In a follow-up email to Ars, Apple confirmed that this denial applies to other government agencies as well.

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The Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement on the explosive claims made by Bloomberg Newsweek about Apple, Amazon, and other tech giants using compromised Supermicro servers with Chinese spy chips for their cloud services. "Nothing was ever found", he wrote in the letter provided to Reuters.

The executive also said he would be available to address the issue with members of Congress this week. Typically, in the wake of a big story like this, well-sourced reporters at major news organizations scramble to confirm it. "I don't know what to believe, but at the same time it doesn't really matter, because it's possible, and we have to act like it is true to solve the problem".

And so far, no one has produced a Supermicro circuit board with a spy chip embedded in it. Bloomberg claimed that almost 30 companies were affected by the attacks, so you might expect someone at at least one of those companies to report finding a modified board-again, as far as we know, this hasn't happened.

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