Apple and Amazon have come out to deny claims that some Chinese spies had stolen chipped data from their platforms.
In response to a Bloomberg Businessweek post, which described the cyber-attack, Apple says; “There is no truth to these claims.”
The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it had “no reason to doubt” Apple and Amazon’s assessments.
Bloomberg has yet to respond to a BBC request for a comment about the repeated denials from Apple and others.
According to an explosive report from Bloomberg, nearly 30 of the US’s top tech companies were infiltrated by Chinese spies by way of tiny, rice-sized microchips placed in their servers. Those chips allegedly opened up a backdoor for the Chinese government to gain access into some of the US’s most sensitive infrastructures. But the companies named in the piece, Amazon and Apple, denied the validity of any of the allegations. In unprecedented moves, both companies put out statements refuting the report’s individual claims. These statements weren’t the one-lined, vague sentiments they normally push out, but point-by-point refutations.
The report has taken the cybersecurity world by storm, and experts are picking apart both sides of the story. Members of Congress are starting to speak out, and some are even calling for an investigation into the details of what could be one of the most mind-boggling stories of the year.