Implanted in China to monitor microchips? US media refer to US media "China network invasion" report is false
China secretly implanted monitoring microchips into servers used by large technology companies such as Apple and Amazon in a bold move that could further exacerbate the U.S. and its electronic components and products, according to a report by Bloomberg Business Weekly on the morning of October 4. Trade tensions between the main sources.
According to the Washington Post website on October 4, the report, which was strongly denied by the two companies, details China's practice over the years of implanting monitoring chips into servers assembled in China, whose motherboards are the brains of powerful computers. The servers of one of the affected companies have been used by U.S. government clients, including the Defense Department Data Center, the U.S. Navy warships, and the CIA, which operates UAVs.
The Bloomberg Business Week report did not specify the extent of the data collected from China's monitoring chips, and no consumer information has been found stolen. But the report says a top-secret investigation by the U.S. government, which began in 2015 with the participation of the FBI, is still under way.
The report quoted 17 anonymous sources, including industry insiders and current and former U.S. officials. The Chinese government, Apple, Amazon and other companies questioned the Bloomberg Business Weekly report, which the FBI and intelligence officials declined to comment.
Several U.S. officials contacted by the newspaper said they were unsure of the accuracy of the Bloomberg Business Week report. A U.S. official said on the morning of Oct. 4 that the main thrust of the report was accurate, but later said he was uncertain about the conclusion. The unnamed person talked about unauthorized release.
The Amazon Co said in a statement that the report was "false." Apple said in a statement that "we found no evidence to support" the Bloomberg Business Weekly allegations.
"The company has never found malicious chips, hardware manipulation, or vulnerabilities that were deliberately embedded in any server," Apple said. The company has never contacted the FBI or any other agency on such matters. We know nothing about the FBI investigation, and we have no contact with law enforcement agencies. "
Amazon acquired Elemental in 2015, and its servers are said to be influenced by the Chinese. Amazon said in a statement on Oct. 4: "We have never found any problems with modifying hardware or malicious chips on any Elemental or Amazon system's ultramicro motherboard, either in the past or now. We also did not participate in the government investigation. There are too many false facts in this report.
In a statement to Bloomberg Business Weekly, Ultramicron said: "We do not know any investigation into this topic, nor have any government agencies contacted us."
Separately, Reuters reported Oct. 4 that Apple and Amazon denied a report in Bloomberg Business Weekly on Oct. 4, according to a statement issued by Bloomberg News Agency. It is reported that their systems were invaded by malicious computer chips implanted by Chinese intelligence agencies.
China's "spies" have embedded computer chips in equipment used by about 30 companies and several U.S. government agencies, allowing Beijing to access their intranets in secret, Bloomberg Business Weekly quoted 17 unnamed intelligence agencies and company sources as saying.
The Chinese foreign ministry did not respond to requests for written comment. The Chinese government has previously denied accusations about its planning for cyber attacks against Western businesses.
In its public response, Apple rejected almost every aspect of the report: "The company has never found malicious chips, hardware manipulation, or vulnerabilities that were intentionally implanted in any server.
Amazon Co also said that no problems were found.
Bloomberg News said its report was correct.
"Seventeen personal sources, including government officials and insiders from these companies, confirmed the existence of hardware manipulation and other forms of attacks," Bloomberg News Agency said in a statement. "We support our reporting and are confident in the source of the reports and information."
Ultramicron has strongly denied reports that it sold malicious chips to customers on the motherboards of its server systems. The company said it had never found any malicious chips, nor had any customers reported the discovery, and no government agency had ever come to the door on the matter.
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