Apple CEO urges Bloomberg to retract Chinese spy chip story


"There is no truth in their story about Apple", Cook told BuzzFeed. Cook says that he was "involved" since the beginning, has "personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters" and states that "each time they brought this up to [Apple], the story changed and each time we investigated we found nothing".

Apple issued a detailed denial when the story was published.

Apple didn't immediately reply to Fortune's request for comment.

An Apple spokesman told CRN that Cook's quotes to BuzzFeed were accurate, and said the company is not commenting further. A search of newspaper archives appears to confirm that.

Fitzpatrick said the image Bloomberg Businessweek provided of the supposed spy chip was the exact coupler he found on internet and sent to the reporter.

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Multiple security experts have questioned the legitimacy of Bloomberg's claims. Motherboards contain the primary processor, memory, and other circuitry for a computer to operate.

The servers were implanted with tiny microchips that were meant to transmit sensitive data to Chinese intelligence services, according to Bloomberg. (Super Micro) for unwittingly opening up to attack approximately 30 US companies, including Apple, e-commerce giant Amazon, as well as one unnamed major bank. Later, in a podcast, he told Bloomberg that the scenario described by Bloomberg "didn't make sense". Since Bloomberg does not seem to intend to retract for now. It's hard to believe that Bloomberg's story was accurate, and the company and its reporters owe everyone an explanation - or at least some additional evidence to support the reporting. The media house says it dove into the case for over a year and interviewed over 100 sources including government officials and company insiders. We also published three companies' full statements, as well as a statement from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

And the company took the additional step of writing to the US Congress denying the story. Furthermore, security researchers, and even the Department of Homeland Security, all sided with Apple in the matter, finding no reason to doubt Apple's statement that its servers had not been breached. Amazon acquired Elemental in 2015.

On this we can be very clear: Apple has never found malicious chips, "hardware manipulations" or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server. Tim Cook, the CEO of the company, has come out of these statements. The British national cyber security agency also backed Apple and Amazon's statement.