CEO at Apple Urges Retraction of Story on Spy Chips

Tim Cook shown at a Chicago speaking engagement in March has taken the unusual step of going on the record to deny a news story and is further asking the news agency that published it for a retraction

CEO at Apple Urges Retraction of Story on Spy Chips

It's the first time Apple has ever publicly demanded a retraction, according to BuzzFeed.

Apple gave Bloomberg a statement denying it, though the report says, "The companies' denials are countered by six current and former senior national security officials, who-in conversations that began during the Obama administration and continued under the Trump administration-detailed the discovery of the chips and the government's investigation".

Cook also said Bloomberg should "do that right thing and retract" the story.

"We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all their questions", said Cook told BuzzFeed News.

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In a follow-up story last week, Bloomberg reported that a major USA telecommunications company, which was not identified by name, discovered and removed a compromised Supermicro server in August. "Like our partners in the United Kingdom, the National Cyber Security Centre, at this time we have no reason to doubt the statements from the companies named in the story". "Email searches, data center records, financial records, shipment records". Bloomberg reported that chips likely implanted by China's spy agency in subcontractors in China had made their way into servers used by Apple, Amazon Web Services and US national defense hardware. "There's no truth to this", when he was asked about the report in Bloomberg.

"Apple has never found malicious chips in our servers", the company said in a statement published earlier this month. Bloomberg, for its part, has stood by its reporting, even publishing a second article to back up its original story. Each time, the company said, it conducted internal probes into the claims, but never found anything substantiating them.

"There is no truth in their story about Apple", Cook added in the interview. Dan Coats, the US Director of National Intelligence said the US intelligence community has seen no evidence of such an attack, which certainly undermines the Bloomberg story. The media house says it dove into the case for over a year and interviewed over 100 sources including government officials and company insiders. And, in an unprecedented move for the company, he called for a retraction of the story that made this claim. Our best guess is that they are confusing their story with a previously-reported 2016 incident in which we discovered an infected driver on a single Super Micro server in one of our labs.

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