Bloomberg Businessweek should retract or unequivocally prove their Supermicro spy chip yarn

Bloomberg had a stunningly important — and apparently stunningly wrong — news story about an alleged iCloud spy chip and now it’s hoping we’ll forget about it,” William Gallagher writes for AppleInsider. “Two months on, the company has a responsibility to either prove or retract it, and it’s a responsibility the publication is avoiding.”

“Apple, Amazon, the government, national security advisors, and independent technology experts alike have all said Bloomberg Businessweek is wrong about Chinese-made spy chips in iCloud servers,” Gallagher writes. “They haven’t just said it, they’ve issued extensively detailed and documented evidence to say this didn’t happen and could not happen… Of course we also know that Bloomberg has a record for publishing incorrect stories about Apple. Those stories included predictions of poor sales of iPads, iPhones, Apple TV and HomePods based on incomplete reporting or ignoring facts that contradicted the idea.”

“Apple, Amazon and all other firms even tangentially mentioned in the piece have refuted the allegations and done so vehemently. Unusually vehemently in the case of Apple, which more often refuses to comment on stories,” Gallagher writes. “Bloomberg needs to prove it or do what Tim Cook insists and retract it.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last month: If it isn’t backed, you must retract.

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  1. Bloomberg as any type of news reporting agency should be shunned by all as completely unreliable and obsessively self-serving. The National Enquirer of believable financial sources. So they then can report on space monkeys flying out their butts interfering with technology development freely.

  2. Bloomberg is a corporate NeoLib rag whose interest is maintaining their fiduciary responsibility to its amoral investors that does not know how to repudiate its lie.

  3. Bloomberg Business is like Consumer Reports — you can trust them on some things, but definitely not technology.

    Their refusal to follow up on this with anything corroborating is worrisome, though. And what was the source? Was this just a massive screwup, or did someone set them up? Either way, we deserve to know.

  4. They are wrong that it could not happen. Of course it could happen especially in China. The method of interfacing with the BMC controller is entirely feasible. It passes technical scrutiny. Anyone who read the details knows this. However it’s an unorthodox way to do it, so even though technically feasible it’s not the right way to do it.
    However, it probably did not happen and I suspect Bloomberg may have been fed misinformation etc. in order to discredit and instill distrust in Chinese manufacturing.

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