Apple CEO Tim Cook has unequivocally spoken of the Bloomberg report claiming that the Chinese had put a spy chip…
Apple CEO Tim Cook has unequivocally spoken of the Bloomberg report claiming that the Chinese had put a spy chip into the company’s iCloud server and completely denied that Apple was affected.
“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” told Cook BuzzFeed . “They have to do the right thing and withdraw it.”
“I was involved in our response to this story from the beginning,” said Cook. “I personally talked to Bloomberg the reporters along with Bruce Sewell, who was then our general advisor. We were very clear with them that this did not happen and answered all their questions. Each time they picked up this us , history changed and every time we investigated we found nothing. “
” We turned the company up and down. E-mail searches, data center records, financial records, delivery records, “added Cook. “We really knew forensically through the company to dig deep and each time we came back to the same conclusion: It did not happen. There is no truth in this.”
Cook’s remarks are surrounding weeks of speculation and denials that Apple had been the victim of a Chinese plot to integrate spy chips into iCloud servers. Earlier in October, a Bloomberg report reported on extensive investigation that Apple, Amazon and almost 30 other companies had been exposed to a spy campaign where rice-starch products had been planted on Super Micro’s motherboards. As soon as they were delivered, the motherboard created a back door for infrastructure like Apple’s iCloud.
Apple was quick to deny allegations and insisted that it had carried out a “massive, granular and silad investigation”.
Amazon has also issued denials.
“There are so many errors in this article that it’s about Amazon that they are hard to count,” says Amazon in its statement and rejects several specific requirements. There was no modified hardware found.
Several subsequent accounts have set Additional doubts, such as one from the senior cybersecurity strategy adviser to the head of the US National Security Agency and another denial on Thursday by the United States Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats. In addition, the US Department of Homeland Security stated that it had “no reason to doubt” Apple’s and Amazon’s positions.
Bloomberg continues to dismiss accusations of poor reporting of the case.
” Bloomberg Businessweek s survey is the result of more than one year’s reporting, during which we conducted more than 1
00 interviews,” told a spokesman BuzzFeed . “Seventeen individual sources, including government officials and insiders in companies, confirmed the manipulation of hardware and other parts of the attacks. We also published three corporate statements and a statement from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our story is convinced of our reporting and sources.”  Other questions about the story and details presented in the account made by BuzzFeed were rejected by the publication.
BuzzFeed ] also claims that “according to many spokesmen and executives in positions to know about internal investigations,” Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Dell, Palantir, Hewlett Packard, Verizon, Comcast, AT & T, Twitter, Palantir, T-Mobile, Goldman Sachs and Capital One were not in the group of 30 companies that allegedly attacked Bloomberg .