Computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer Inc told customers on Tuesday that an outside investigations firm had found no evidence of any malicious hardware in its current or older-model motherboards.
One thing to keep in mind, for anyone who's understandably skeptical of SuperMicro, Apple and Amazon's denials, is that as publically traded companies, lying in such highly publicized statements that can have significant impact on their stock prices would be extremely risky. People have gone to jail for much less than that.
But then Bloomberg is still standing by their story, and they have high stakes, too. Their whole credibility would be shot if they got that wrong.
Finally, technically what I've read of the alleged attack is plausible, though barely.
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1. It's a Taiwanese-American company
2. They are in business of selling hardware
3. They were falsely attacked through anonymous sources
4. They want to set things straight and soothe the minds of their prospective buyers
5. They hire a third party auditor to check their wares, after DHS, Amazon, Apple and others have already said that there were ZERO Chinese spy chips on Super Micro boards
What else could they do? Just let the Bloomberg hit piece slide?
Every single entity involved with this issue would have the motivation to lie about the state of their security. I know for a fact that these customers do not audit hardware at the level capable of discovering these chips and side channel attacks, because most are complicit in allowing the NSA to be part of their security posture and that means ignoring certain types of irregularities. So it's no surprise when these intelligence tools get leaked into the public that we are seeing new types of attacks and attacks that are outside the scope of the NSA.
They could sell what they advertise and actually maintain some semblance of control over their supply line. That's what they could do.
Fortunately, in criminology, an asymmetric motivation alone doesn't make anyone guilty.
Also, if they get caught with the lie : big class-action suit.
So I'm not even sold on the "motivation to lie" part.
They have also a motivation to not to get sued from here to wazoo.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. *Not one* of these chips has *ever* been found. Bloomberg's "sources" were anonymous folks. That's it. No physical example, no pictures, no evidence of it out in the wild. *Nobody has found this chip that is supposedly in thousands of servers.*
They also have huge motivation not lie, because if it was discovered that the did lie they would be destroyed. They also didn’t just come out and say, “it’s not true” they said it’s blatantly false and demanded that Bloomberg put up proof. Amazon and Apple put their entire credibility on the line to take the stances that they did. Plus, the New York Times and Washington Post both said that they tried to corroborate Bloomberg’s reporting and found nothing to it.
So you are more willing to believe anonymous sources, two of which have afterwards refuted the Bloomberg article as fake, rather than an independent third party auditor?
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As a certified and card carrying China hater, I think Bloomberg needs to step up and acknowledge this report, either print a retraction and apology or present their evidence. Anonymous sources with no proof don’t cut it anymore, especially when people’s livelihoods are at stake.