China is planting chips in Apple’s and Amazon’s servers, report claims | Technology | The Guardian

Chinese military unit was the inclusion of small chips to the computer servers used by companies including Apple and Amazon that give China an unprecedented backdoor access to computers and data, according to a Bloomberg report.

Small chips as small as the tip of a sharpened pencil and are designed to be undetectable without specialized equipment been planted on the motherboards of the servers on the production line in China , in a report by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Chips was reportedly developed by a group that specializes in computers monster attack in the people’s Liberation Army, and gave hackers unfettered access to anything the server did not allow them to potentially manipulate the server to steal data contact other servers and change processes.

“You have done well state-level state organs of the implant surface will be like seeing a unicorn jump over the rainbow” Joe grand hardware hacker founder of grand idea studio, Bloomberg.

Allegedly hacked devices sold by Super Micro Computer, which is based in San Jose, California described as “Microsoft hardware in the world”, found its way into the data centers and processes of 30 companies, including Apple and Amazon as well as banks, hedge funds, government contractors, according to the report.

The attack was reportedly discovered in 2015 by the American intelligence services, as well as by Apple and Amazon companies buy servers provided by Super Micro Computer. The report claims Amazon became aware of the attack through movesby of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) to buy video compression company Elemental Technologies in 2015. Apple has reportedly bought about 7000 super micro servers when the security teams discovered the chips.

The report noted 17 unnamed intelligence company sources as saying that Chinese spies may have put computer chips inside the equipment that is used by about 30 companies, as well as several US government agencies, which would give Beijing a secret access to internal networks.

Amazon and Apple Super Micro have all denied Bloomberg’s report. Amazon said: “it’s true that AWSknew about the supply chain compromise, the problem with the malicious chips or hardware modifications when you get the elemental.”

AWS said: “while we shared with Bloomberg Businessweek a few times over the past few months, at any time in the past or in the present have we ever found any issues related to modification of hardware or malicious chips in Supermicro motherboards in any racial or Amazon systems.”

Apple said: “on this we can be very clear: Apple did not find the malicious chips hardware manipulation or pressure intentionally planted in any server.”

“We are still aware of any such investigation,” the market is small.

Super Micro Computer equipment engineers in San Jose, but like most electronics companies, you think of manufacturing, including contractors in China.

The Chinese government also denied the report. A spokesman said: “China is a firm defender of cybersecurity. We hope the parties less justified accusations and doubts but a more modern construction and cooperation so that we can work together in a peaceful, safe, open and cooperative organization of cyberspace.”

There were increased concerns about the foreign intelligence agencies of registration to the United States and other companies across the so-called “supply chain attacks”, especially from China where multiple global technology companies outsource their manufacturing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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