It could have been the technological story of the year, but over the weeks it has been deflated. Bloomberg’s report claiming that the Super Micro servers used by Apple, Amazon and other companies had Chinese spy chips… is coming to an end. After a new investigation by Super Micro, they claim not to have found any spy hardware on their servers .
The research has been carried out by an external company and according to the results obtained, there is no evidence that the company’s servers have any hidden hardware that is spying on the data passing through those servers. In the letter sent to its clients, Super Micro says that they are not surprised by the result of the investigation it commissioned following Bloomberg’s report in October.
The size of the spy chips (in the white circle) that Bloomberg reports are on Super micro motherboards.
According to Reuters, the research was conducted by Nardello & Co. Research about which Super Micro customers can ask for more details if they wish. To conduct the analysis, the research company analyzed Super Micro’s motherboards sold to Apple , Amazon and other technology companies. They also indicate that they have analysed the software used on these servers to see if there is anything suspicious.
If Bloomberg’s report were true, it would be one of the biggest spying cases in history. But both Super Micro and its clients (Apple among them) have categorically denied this alleged espionage. Even third parties such as this research company or the British security agency at the time have found no evidence. The problem here is that Bloomberg has failed to provide any clear evidence to prove such espionage.
What’s behind all this? Hard to say . It’s hard to believe that Bloomberg would publish such research without any basis and make it all up. But it’s also hard to believe Bloomberg if they haven’t been able to provide any evidence and everyone else is denying it. In time, more details may come to light, to see whether it was simply inconsistent accusations by Bloomberg or something else, such as outright denial by those affected by government issues.