Seriously, is EVERYBODY spying on us?
I know, silly question.
Courtesy of WaPo:
China secretly inserted surveillance microchips into servers used by major technology companies, including Apple and Amazon.com, in an audacious military operation likely to further inflame trade tensions between the United States and its leading source of electronics components and products, Bloomberg Businessweek reported Thursday morning.
The article detailed a sweeping, years-long effort to install the surveillance chips in servers whose motherboards — the brains of the powerful computers — were assembled in China. One affected company had its servers used by U.S. government clients, including Department of Defense data centers, Navy warships and the CIA in its drone operations.
The extent of the data China collected from the surveillance chips was not clear from the report, and no consumer information was known to have been stolen, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. But it said a top-secret U.S. government investigation, dating from 2015 and involving the FBI, remains open.
The article cited 17 unnamed sources, including industry insiders and current and former U.S. officials. The Chinese government, Apple, Amazon and other involved companies disputed the report to Bloomberg Businessweek, and the FBI and U.S. intelligence officials declined to comment.
Of course, both Apple and Amazon have denied that this report is accurate, but the stock market clearly believed it.
Supermicro stock is now down 55%
Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro are all denying the Bloomberg report, but the stock market appears to believe it pic.twitter.com/3LywzKtWmV
— Catalin Cimpanu (@campuscodi) October 4, 2018
I am not typically a “Made in America or Bust” kind of guy, but when it comes to our computers I am starting to think that perhaps we can only trust American companies to assemble computer components that will NOT end up spying on us or stealing our data.
I mean it’s not like the American government has ever spied……oh wait.