Super Micro Computer said in a letter to customers in which the idea will review its hardware for any proof of malicious chips as alleged in a recent media report, as well as in which such a hack could be “practically impossible.”
“Despite the lack of any proof in which a malicious hardware chip exists, we are undertaking a complicated as well as time-consuming review to further address the article,” the company said in a letter to its customers dated Thursday.
A Bloomberg Businessweek story on Oct.4 cited 17 unidentified sources via intelligence agencies as well as businesses in which claimed Chinese spies had placed computer chips inside equipment used by about 30 companies, including Apple as well as Amazon as well as multiple U.S. government agencies, which could give Beijing secret access to internal networks.
Super Micro denied the allegations made within the report as well as outlined in its letter to customers how complex such a hack could be. Super Micro stock was 3.6 percent Monday. the idea trades over the counter. Its common stock was suspended via the Nasdaq after the company missed several SEC filing deadlines.
Super Micro executives wrote in which not only could the alleged Chinese hackers need to skirt regular testing, the unauthorized hardware could make the idea “highly unlikely” for their motherboards to actually function. Even if the supposed hackers were Super Micro employees rather than contractors, “no single employee or team has unrestricted access to the entire design” of their motherboards, the letter says. The letter also says the idea could have been difficult for companies in Super Micro’s supply chain to modify motherboards because suppliers do not have access to Super Micro’s full designs.
“The allegations imply there are a large number of affected motherboards,” Super Micro CEO Charles Liang said in a statement calling for Bloomberg to retract the article. “Bloomberg has not produced just one affected motherboard, we have seen no malicious hardware components in our products, no government agency has contacted us about malicious hardware components, as well as no customer has reported finding any malicious hardware components, either.”
Apple as well as Amazon have both denied claims within the Bloomberg report in which they had found out about the chips in 2015. Apple CEO Tim Cook strongly denied the allegations of malicious hardware in its technology in a Buzzfeed News article published Friday. He also called for Bloomberg to retract the story.
Bloomberg, however, said the idea stood by its report as well as was confident of its reporting, which was conducted over more than a year.
Security experts as well as the U.S. as well as U.K. authorities have said they had no knowledge of the attacks.
Reuters contributed to in which report.