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    The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

    WOW!!
    It's the first article on their page if you go there now.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek

    The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.

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    We REALLY gotta make stuff here! Even that would have its risks but at least not an open door with the smells of a buffet wafting thru!
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    Assuming you believe that story - it's been denied by all the players - and are willing to pay a lot more for your stuff, then make locally is a good idea.

    cheers, Paul

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    Denied, yes, but I'm pretty certain that may be to stop the sales fallout that would follow if they admitted to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy95 View Post
    Denied, yes, but I'm pretty certain that may be to stop the sales fallout that would follow if they admitted to it.
    I'm with Paul on this. Apple are unusually blunt in their denial, and it would cost the companies 10 times as much if they're found to be lying. You can't keep something like that quiet in companies that big.

    If anyone has credible evidence, they should bring it to an oversight body.
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    Moreover, if these companies issue a denial, then are found to have lied about it, they'd be sued by the market regulators and by those whose data/privacy continued to be compromised.
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    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by wavy View Post
    Bloomberg doubles down
    That's a fairly compelling article, doesn't smell like the usual conspiracy stuff flying around.
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    Apple triples down:

    Apple's Tim Cook calls for Chinese chip story retraction

    This is a strange one. Both sides of the story appear credible, although there's only one party on Business Week's side v 4-5 on the other.
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    I can understand why APPLE would want a retraction whether the chip is on there or not.

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    The Bloomerg article claims:
    China’s intelligence services had ordered subcontractors to plant malicious chips in Supermicro server motherboards over a two-year period ending in 2015
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    physical inspection revealed an implant built into the server’s Ethernet connector
    In that case, it should be a fairly simple exercise for Bloomberg to support its claim with photographs of those chips installed on the motherboards concerned. As any entirely innocuous chip could be photographed, the onus is also on Bloomberg to also demonstrate how they can be compromised in the way alleged.
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