Apple CEO Asks Bloomberg to Retract the Spy Chip Story
On Friday, the Chief Executive of Apple Inc., Tim Cook, urged Bloomberg retract the story that had claimed Apple’s internal computer systems to be hacked by malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence agents.
Earlier this month, Bloomberg said its report was authentic.
However, Cook said the reports were false. “There is no truth in their story about Apple. They need to do that right thing and retract it,” said Cook.
Apple has refused to comment on whether or not it will take legal actions against Bloomberg.
In response Cook’s request for a retraction in the report, Bloomberg repeated that its news was authentic and the research has been conducted for over more than a year. The news agency added that 17 sources confirmed the the manipulation of hardware and other elements of the attacks.
According to Bloomberg’s report, a unit of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army infiltrated into the supply chain of computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer Inc. to plant malicious chips in the system which can be used to steal corporate and government secrets.
Bloomberg also stated that its report include some 30 companies and multiple US government agencies which were claimed to have been targeted by the chips. The chips would be able to give Beijing secret access to internal networks.
However, Super Micro has denied the report.