IT Company Super Micro Computer said that it is going to conduct an investigation into the claims that made in a Bloomberg Businessweek story regarding its motherboards being compromised while also said that the story was forged. In a letter, the company said that it is undergoing an intricate and time-consuming review to address the claims that were made in the article.
In a story that published earlier this month, Bloomberg avowed that Supermicro’s motherboards contain malicious microchips that have been inserted during production by agents of the Chinese government. The company wants to assure their customers that Super Micro’s design, manufacturing, and quality processes are designed to ensure high-performing, safe, reliable, and secure hardware to all our customers.
The Bloomberg story claimed that the malicious chip allegedly implanted in Super Micro hardware that was in use at 30 companies, including Apple and Amazon Web Services. Although, executives of both companies have not only denied the issue but have called for Bloomberg to retract its story. Apple CEO, Tim Cook said that he feel Bloomberg should retract their story. There is no fact in their story about apple. Amazon Web Services CEO, Andy Jassy also echoed Cook’s call for the retraction.
The story was also claimed that the malicious chip manipulates the baseboard management controller, a processor that connects and passes communications between the software and hardware sides of a server. Declining the claims, Super Micro said in the letter that particular manipulation is impossible because full motherboard designs are kept from individual employees. The company added that their motherboard technology involves multiple layers of circuitry. So, it would be virtually unfeasible for a third party, during the manufacturing process, to install and power a hardware device which could communicate with their Baseboard Management Controller because such a third party would lack knowledge about the design. These designs are trade secrets protected by Super Micro.