The tech world has been rocked by allegations that companies, including Apple and Amazon, were sold data servers compromised by Chinese spies. However, a senior cyber security advisor to the National Security Agency says that no one he knows of has found any sign of this.
In a Bloomberg Businessweek article published last week, the claim is made that tiny spy chips were hidden on the motherboards of data servers used by dozens of companies. Amazon has blasted the story as being supposedly full of inaccuracies, while Apple also denied the report and even wrote a letter to Congress on the topic. Both have been backed up by Homeland Security.
NSA on Chinese spy chips
And now it’s the NSA’s turn. Advisor Rob Joyce told Politico that “I’ve got all sorts of commercial industry freaking out and just losing their minds about this concern, and nobody’s found anything … There’s no there there yet.”
Joyce believes that if anyone in the NSA had proof of the Chinese shy chips, he’d know about it. “I have pretty great access. I don’t have a lead to pull from the government side. We’re just befuddled.”
Bloomberg continues to insist that its report is true, but says it can’t reveal any evidence without exposing its confidential sources.