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posted by mrpg on Wednesday December 12 2018, @11:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the I-believe-you dept.

Audit: No Chinese surveillance implants in Supermicro boards found

In a letter to customers issued December 11, Supermicro President and CEO Charles Liang and other top executives announced that an audit conducted by an outside investigating team had found no evidence of any malicious hardware incorporated into motherboards currently or previously manufactured by the company. The letter is the latest rebuttal to Bloomberg reports in October that claimed tiny chips that provided a backdoor for China's intelligence agencies had been integrated into boards provided to major Internet and cloud providers—a report also refuted by the companies the report claimed were targeted.

"After a thorough examination and a range of functional tests, the investigative firm found absolutely no evidence of malicious hardware on our motherboards," the letter signed by Liang, Supermicro Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer David Weigland, and Senior VP and Chief Product Officer Raju Penumatcha stated.

Searching for supermicro on Google brought up a Supermicro ad linking the CEO letter, with the link entitled "Supermicro Independent Testing | No Malicious Hardware‎". Do you believe them?

Previously: Chinese Spy Chips Allegedly Inserted Into Amazon, Apple, etc. Datacenters by Super Micro
Bloomberg Stands by Chinese Chip Story as Apple, Amazon Ratchet up Denials
Bloomberg Claims That a Major U.S. Telecom Operated a Server Backdoored by a Hidden Chip

Related: Apple Deleted Server Supplier After Finding Infected Firmware in Servers
Firmware Vulnerabilities in Supermicro Systems
Supermicro Announces Suspension of Trading of Common Stock on Nasdaq and its Intention to Appeal

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @01:30PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @01:30PM (#773432)

    If there is true evidence found by CIA/NSA whoever of intentional malfeasance by the Chinese government, they wouldn't just yell "stop buying Chinese!". I would expect a significant diplomatic response, so far I haven't seen that.

    When a TLA makes a stink about something they will have to reveal (at least) some of the evidence that they have. Doing so lets their adversaries know a little bit more about how they are being surveilled by the TLA.

    I'm not saying that a TLA did find any proof, or that these accusations are true/false, just that "no diplomatic kerfuffle" does not mean nothing was uncovered.

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday December 12 2018, @03:07PM

    by DannyB (5839) on Wednesday December 12 2018, @03:07PM (#773464) Journal

    Yep. Whenever a TLA reveals something big, that revelation implies something about how the big revelation was discovered.

    Conspiracy theory: Bloomberg's article author is a conspiracy theorist, or is working to help our Tirade War.

    Reminder: March is National Procrastination Week.