Apple urges Bloomberg to retract spy chip story
Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday told an online news website that Bloomberg should retract a story that claimed Apple’s internal computer systems had been infiltrated by malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence agents.
“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told BuzzFeed News in an interview. “They need to do that right thing and retract it.”
Apple confirmed the accuracy of the BuzzFeed News report but declined to comment further.
Cook’s comments followed a denial by Apple that Bloomberg included in its story, a statement posted on Apple’s own website, and a letter to US lawmakers.
Apple declined to say whether it planned to take legal action against Bloomberg.
In response to questions about Cook’s request for a retraction in the BuzzFeed News story on Friday, Bloomberg reiterated that it was confident of its report, which has been conducted over more than a year.
The news agency said that 17 sources confirmed “the manipu- lation of hardware and other elements of the attacks.”
Bloomberg had reported that China infiltrated the supply chain of computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer Inc to plant malicious chips that could be used to steal corporate and government secrets.
Bloomberg said in its report that some 30 companies and multiple US government agencies were targeted by the chips, which would give China secret access to internal networks.
Bloomberg also said the supply chain-level breach affected