Apple and Amazon Deny Servers Hacked by Chinese Chips
According to a report from Bloomberg last week, thousands of Chinese chips were inserted in US computer equipment and were used to steal US technology secrets. The report states that large technology businesses including Amazon and Apple discovered such chips on their own and co-operated with US authorities to conduct further investigations.
However, Apple and Amazon vehemently refuted these allegations. Both tech giants quickly responded to Bloomberg through emailed statements, denying that Chinese spies placed microchips in their servers to control internal networks.
“It’s untrue that AWS knew about a supply chain compromise, an issue with malicious chips, or hardware modifications when acquiring Elemental,” Amazon states.
Apple also provided a detailed response, stating that “over the course of the past year, Bloomberg has contacted us multiple times with claims...of an alleged security incident at Apple...we have found absolutely no evidence to support any of them.”
The Chinese government responded as well. The spokesperson said that “China is a resolute defender of cybersecurity… [China] advocates for the international community to work together on tackling cybersecurity threats through dialogue on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.”
Usually such allegations, even with explicit denials, will lead to further investigations into the issue. This is not the first time that the use of Chinese hardware has caused a big controversy. Over the summer, senators decided to include an amendment to a bill banning the use of products by ZTE and Huawei. Both Chinese manufacturers were banned from use by the US government and government contractors. The ban was signed by President Trump in this August, which was a component of the Defense Authorization Act.