The fallout from Bloomberg Businessweek’s continues to be felt, with the publication having claimed that both Apple and Amazon were two of many companies that were the subject of hardware hacking carried out by the Chinese government.
The claims of hardware surveillance chips having been found in servers supplied by Super Micro have been strongly refuted by both technology giants, with the UK National Cyber Security Centre, or GCHQ, also saying that it has no knowledge of any attack.
Now GCHQ’s US counterpart, the Department of Homeland Security has issued its own statement, backing up the narrative that Bloomberg’s report us inaccurate.
The DHS statement says that it has no reason to doubt Apple nor Amazon’s denial that anything actually happened along the lines of what Bloomberg claims, and that it is committed to “information and communications technology supply chain security.”
“The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the media reports of a technology supply chain compromise. Like our partners in the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre, at this time we have no reason to doubt the statements from the companies named in the story. Information and communications technology supply chain security is core to DHS’s cybersecurity mission and we are committed to the security and integrity of the technology on which Americans and others around the world increasingly rely.
While the initial report by Bloomberg was notable in its scope, it has been surpassed by the tone used in statements from both Apple and Amazon, with the two companies leaving everyone under no uncertain terms that they deny the story. Further, Apple says that it has spoken with its won law enforcement contacts – the ones it was supposed to have informed of the hack – and they have also yet to hear anything similar to Bloomberg’s claims.
Now all eyes are on Bloomberg to see how it reacts to not only a denial by the companies involved but also denials from GCHQ and DHS.
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