On Thursday, Bloomberg's Business Weekly quoted 17 unidentified informants and company sources as saying Chinese spies have implanted computer chips into equipment used by about 30 companies and various U.S. government agencies, drawing attention from multinational authorities. . The companies mentioned in the report have issued a statement denying it.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday that there is no reason to disagree with the company's statement.
"The Department of Homeland Security is aware of media reports that the technology supply chain has been hacked," the agency said in a statement. Like our partners in the UK, there is no reason at this point for our National Cyber Security Center to doubt the statements made by the companies mentioned in the report.
On Friday, Britain's National Cyber Security Agency said there was no reason to doubt Apple and Amazon's queries about the Bloomberg report.
On Thursday, Apple challenged Bloomberg's report, saying that its internal investigation did not find any evidence to support the report, and that the company and its law enforcement contacts were unaware that the FBI had conducted any investigation into the matter.
Bruce Sewell, Apple's recently retired chief legal adviser, told Reuters he called James Baker, then FBI chief legal adviser, last year after Bloomberg told him the FBI was investigating hardware maker SMCI. PK publicly because of the latter. Malicious Chinese chips are embedded in the products.
"I personally talked to him and said," do you know this? " Sewell recalled talking to Beck. "He said,'I've never heard of it, but please give me 24 hours to confirm it. 24 hours later, he called me back and said, "no one here knows this."
Last Friday, Beck and FBI declined to comment. (Si Mei)
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