“Super Micro Computer, the California-based server maker at the heart of spy chip allegations last autumn, has told suppliers to move production out of China to address U.S. customers’ concerns about cyber espionage risks, according to industry sources familiar with the matter,” Nikkei Asian Review reports.
“Super Micro, the world’s third-largest server maker by shipments after HP and Dell, has strongly denied allegations made last October that its Chinese made motherboards had been implanted with malignant chips to hack big tech customers such as Apple and Amazon,” Nikkei reports. “Independent testing showed no evidence of the claims made by Bloomberg Businessweek, the group has said.”
“Nevertheless, U.S. customers and especially government-related clients have asked Super Micro not to supply them with motherboards made in China because of security concerns, according to one company executive,” Nikkei reports. “Super Micro is not alone in responding to concerns over Chinese made motherboards in data centers and servers. In 2017 roughly 90% of the motherboards used in the 13.9 million servers shipped worldwide were made in China. Last year that had dropped to less than 50% of motherboards used in the global total of 15.2 million, according to Digitimes Research, a tech supply chain specialist.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Again, in the absense of any proof, Bloomberg Businessweek should retract their report.
Tests of Super Micro equipment find no malicious chips in current or older-model motherboards – December 11, 2018
Bloomberg Businessweek should retract or unequivocally prove their Super Micro spy chip yarn – November 29, 2018
Apple official statement: What Bloomberg Businessweek got wrong about Apple – October 5, 2018
UK cyber security agency backs Apple, Amazon China hack denials
Friday, October 5, 2018
Apple strongly disputes Bloomberg BusinessWeek report that Chinese ‘spy’ chips were found in iCloud servers – October 4, 2018