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Supermicro Says That an Audit Found No Evidence to Support Claims of Chinese Backdoors in Products

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-12-11 23:36:08

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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