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Thu Oct 04 06:11:26
Go to the page and see the animated picture at the top of the article.

I only copy the first part of the article:

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.

In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, known today as Amazon Prime Video. Based in Portland, Ore., Elemental made software for compressing massive video files and formatting them for different devices. Its technology had helped stream the Olympic Games online, communicate with the International Space Station, and funnel drone footage to the Central Intelligence Agency. Elemental’s national security contracts weren’t the main reason for the proposed acquisition, but they fit nicely with Amazon’s government businesses, such as the highly secure cloud that Amazon Web Services (AWS) was building for the CIA.

To help with due diligence, AWS, which was overseeing the prospective acquisition, hired a third-party company to scrutinize Elemental’s security, according to one person familiar with the process. The first pass uncovered troubling issues, prompting AWS to take a closer look at Elemental’s main product: the expensive servers that customers installed in their networks to handle the video compression. These servers were assembled for Elemental by Super Micro Computer Inc., a San Jose-based company (commonly known as Supermicro) that’s also one of the world’s biggest suppliers of server motherboards, the fiberglass-mounted clusters of chips and capacitors that act as the neurons of data centers large and small. In late spring of 2015, Elemental’s staff boxed up several servers and sent them to Ontario, Canada, for the third-party security company to test, the person says.

Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers.

During the ensuing top-secret probe, which remains open more than three years later, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.

This attack was something graver than the software-based incidents the world has grown accustomed to seeing. Hardware hacks are more difficult to pull off and potentially more devastating, promising the kind of long-term, stealth access that spy agencies are willing to invest millions of dollars and many years to get.

Thu Oct 04 08:54:30
Time to start sinking their artificial islands in retaliation.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Thu Oct 04 09:04:05

This is exactly why we need, at least, a strong enough manufacturing base to produce our own military and political equipment.

Thu Oct 04 12:05:53
Come on, everyone is spying.

But... no one who values their privacy, integrity and freedom should use any american software or hardware.
The Children
Thu Oct 04 12:06:31
good, all ur bases are belong 2 us, u stupid bitches.

theres chips and hacks inside ur halloween customes and masks too!!!!

dunt 4get inside ur underwear aswell so we take pics of ur moms pussy.
The Children
Thu Oct 04 12:10:11
this is a fake story. everyone and there mom involved in manufacturin includin apple and amazon r denyin this story.
anyone who even builds shit and makes any product is callin this a fake.

Fri Oct 05 06:09:01
May be fake or not, everything is possible at this point:


Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

Who's your money on? Bloomberg's sources? Apple? Amazon? Super Micro?

Analysis Chinese government agents sneaked spy chips into Super Micro servers used by Amazon, Apple, the US government, and about 30 other organizations, giving Beijing's snoops access to highly sensitive data, according to a bombshell Bloomberg report today.

The story, which has been a year in the making and covers events it says happened three years ago, had a huge impact on the markets: the company at the center of the story, San Jose-based Super Micro, saw its share price drop by nearly 50 per cent; likewise Apple's share price dropped by just under two per cent, and Amazon's dropped by more than two per cent.

But the article has been strongly denied by the three main companies involved: Apple, Amazon, and Super Micro. Each has issued strong and seemingly unambiguous statements denying the existence and discovery of such chips or any investigation by the US intelligence services into the surveillance implants.

These statements will have gone through layers of lawyers to make sure they do not open these publicly traded corporations to lawsuits and securities fraud claims down the line. Similarly, Bloomberg employs veteran reporters and layers of editors, who check and refine stories, and has a zero tolerance for inaccuracies.

So which is true: did the Chinese government succeed in infiltrating the hardware supply chain and install spy chips in highly sensitive US systems; or did Bloomberg's journalists go too far in their assertions? We'll dig in.

The Children
Fri Oct 05 11:09:37
". Similarly, Bloomberg employs veteran reporters and layers of editors, who check and refine stories, and has a zero tolerance for inaccuracies.

>> Lol

u jokin right? nowadays u can claim anythin and print it and call it news.

Fri Oct 05 11:21:55
Not in France...

French Parliament passes law against ‘fake news’


Fri Oct 05 11:24:04
They are even looking to ditch the term ”fake news” because it is an anglo-saxon term.

Fri Oct 05 11:29:01
China does cheat a lot. A lot of their biggest companies are just shitty copies of American companies that only exist because China gives them a monopoly. Alibaba is just a shitty Chinese ebay and Baidu is a shitty chinese google.

If we had someone that wasn't a retard in charge of tariffs, they could be used to great strategic effect to strengthen alliances and even do things like fight climate change by punishing polluting countries.

But Trump is dumb and has no plan at all.
Tentacle Rapist
Fri Oct 05 15:20:27
'This is exactly why we need, at least, a strong enough manufacturing base to produce our own military and political equipment. '

It's also why importing Canadian steel and aluminum too keep the air force and navy operational is a threat to national security!
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