Ap­ple urges Bloomberg to re­tract spy chip story

Global Times US Edition - - BIZOVE -

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

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