Saturday, 15 December, 2018

China hack: Chinese official avoids questions about chip hack report

Apple and Amazon Deny Chinese Spy Hack Rumors Wikimedia Commons Florian Hirzinger
Rhonda Young | 09 October, 2018, 16:24

Both Apple and Amazon denied the article's claims on Thursday, writing that the reporting was inaccurate and that they had never been affected by malicious chips. The article alleged that the Chinese government had managed to secretly insert tiny chips onto motherboards that eventually found their way into Apple's possession.

The U.S. government over the weekend sided with both Apple and Amazon, saying in a statement it had no reason to doubt their denials. Those companies denied any knowledge the equipment had been altered.

"We tried to figure out if there was anything, anything, that transpired that's even remotely close to this", a senior Apple security executive told BuzzFeed News. "Apple's proprietary security tools are continuously scanning for precisely this kind of outbound traffic, as it indicates the existence of malware or other malicious activity", it stated. In a Monday letter to Congress, Apple wrote that the claims in the Bloomberg story were "simply wrong".

FBN's Hillary Vaughn on a report alleging China hacked dozens of USA companies including Apple and Amazon.

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Britain's national cyber security agency said on Friday it had no reason to doubt the assessments made by Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc challenging a Bloomberg report that their systems contained malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence services. "Nor have we engaged in an investigation with the government".

Bloomberg cited 17 anonymous sources who confirmed Apple was compromised.

"Some hardware persons interviewed are not knowledgeable on implant work", he said. According to the report, a federal investigation into the issue is underway.

"In light of your important leadership roles in Congress, we want to assure you that a recent report in Bloomberg Businessweek alleging the compromise of our servers is not true", read the letter published by Apple Insider.

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It attributed slower production plans to weakening global demand, especially in China, and weakness in diesel sales. At 12:50 hours IST, it was quoting at Rs 175.30, down Rs 37.45, or 17.60 percent amid high volumes on the BSE .

DHS is backing them up.

And so far, no one has produced a Supermicro circuit board with a spy chip embedded in it. Bloomberg claimed that almost 30 companies were affected by the attacks, so you might expect someone at at least one of those companies to report finding a modified board-again, as far as we know, this hasn't happened.

London-based information security expert Nick Hutton says organizations should actively defend against attackers who are able to subvert hardware BIOS, or a baseboard management controller or microcontroller.

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