Amazon refutes report on Portland's Elemental Technologies server hack

Amazon refutes report on Portland's Elemental Technologies server hack

Amazon refutes report on Portland's Elemental Technologies server hack

Some said that certain allegations were plausible, but that the strong denials from companies cited in the piece left them with doubts about whether the attacks had happened. Bloomberg said its report was accurate.

The reported manipulation of electronics supply chains to U.S. companies are certain to sharpen long-standing questions about the crucial but uneasy relationship between the world's two leading economies.

Bloomberg reported that the malicious chips were planted by a unit of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, which infiltrated the supply chain of a hardware company called Supermicro.

Super Micro Computer shares fell 38 percent to $13.26 in Pink Sheet trading. A follow-up investigation was then conducted, which reportedly remains open to this day.

Investigators discovered that the chip inserted at the supply chain level allowed spies to hack information belonging to banks, government contractors and companies like Apple and Amazon, who store data for numerous customers' data.

In response to Bloomberg's latest version of the narrative, we present the following facts: Siri and Topsy never shared servers; Siri has never been deployed on servers sold to us by Super Micro; and Topsy data was limited to approximately 2,000 Super Micro servers, not 7,000.

The company also noted that it does not design or manufacture networking chips and associated software used in its hardware, saying it procured them from leading networking companies. Once a loyal customer of Supermicro, the publication says that the iPad and iPhone maker found the malicious chips in 2015, cutting ties with the company in 2016.

The tiny chips, as small as the tip of a sharpened pencil and created to be undetectable without specialist equipment, were implanted on to the motherboards of servers on the production line in China, the report in Bloomberg Businessweek said. Amazon reported the matter to United States authorities, who determined that the chips allowed attackers to create "a stealth doorway" into networks using those servers, the story said.

"There are so many inaccuracies in ‎this article as it relates to Amazon that they're hard to count", Amazon wrote in a published statement on its website yesterday, denying that it had found any evidence of modified hardware or malicious chips. The company later removed all of the Super Micro servers after discovering the chips, Bloomberg reported.

Amazon and Apple both denied there was any substance to Bloomberg's claims. The outlet said the hacking is "the most significant known supply chain attack ever against US companies".

The report of Chinese hacking chips being systematically added to servers produced in China comes after Donald Trump's administration has placed tariffs on technology components being imported from China. Two prominent U. S. cybersecurity companies warned this week that Chinese hacking activity has surged amid a trade war between Washington and Beijing.

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