Apple tells Congress it found no signs of hacking attack

US government agrees with Apple and Amazon, says their servers were not compromised by China

It said that US investigators had found that Chinese agents operating on behalf of the People's Liberation Army had used a combination of subterfuge, bribery, and threats to insert the compromising chips during various stages of Supermicro's supply chain, after which point they would have been almost impossible to detect and given backdoor access to the systems they were implanted in. Bloomberg said it stands by its reporting, even as the Department of Homeland Security and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre backed up Apple and Amazon's denials.

A detailed analysis of the Bloomberg report on technology site The Register noted both Apple and Amazon "would want to keep any highly confidential information and contacts with intelligence services as quiet as possible".

Both Amazon and Apple strongly refute the story. "Apple's proprietary security tools are continuously scanning for precisely this kind of outbound traffic, as it indicates the existence of malware or other malicious activity", he wrote in his letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. "Nothing was ever found", he wrote in the letter provided to Reuters.

Apple and Amazon, the largest two companies which were connected to the allegedly affected supplier Super Micro, issued strong denials in response to the report last week. "Nor have we engaged in an investigation with the government".

The infiltration of the computer systems, which stemmed from servers assembled by Super Micro Computer Inc., was investigated as part of an Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-intelligence probe, according to national security officials familiar with the matter. This is what had been alleged in a recent article by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

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"In the end, our internal investigations directly contradict every consequential assertion made in the article-some of which, we note, were based on a single anonymous source", continued Apple's letter.

DHS is backing them up. The publication has a reputation for rigor, and lest it get some fact wrong and needlessly tank a whole industry, it generally errs on the side of not going to bat on neggy business stories.

"It is technically plausible", Jake Williams, a former member of the U.S. National Security Agency's hacking unit who now runs security consultancy Rendition Infosec in Augusta, Georgia, said in a Thursday web conference, the Register reports.

"Such enclaves make ideal hiding places for badness, whether added hardware is involved or not", Hutton says.

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