Apple tells Congress that it has found no sign of microchip tampering

Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro each
released a forceful denial
that their systems were tampered
with following the publication of a Bloomberg
Businessweek
report last week, which alleged that Chinese
agents introduced microchips into servers manufactured in the
country. In a letter to Congressional officials, Apple
reiterated its denial, saying that it has found no sign of
tampering.


Reuters obtained a letter
written by George
Stathakopoulos, Apple’s Vice President for Information
Security, which he sent to the commerce committees for both the
US Senate and US House. In it, he says that “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. Nothing was
ever found.” He also reiterated that Apple hadn’t contacted the
FBI over such an issue, as alleged in the report, and indicated
that he would be available to brief Congressional staff in the
coming days.

In
its original statement
, Apple said that while Bloomberg
Businessweek
asked the company to comment on the
allegations in recent months, it “conducted rigorous internal
investigations based on their inquiries” and hadn’t found any
evince of tampering. Beyond each of the company’s respective
denials,
US
and
UK
governmental agencies have backed them up, each saying
that they have no any reason to doubt their statements.

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