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Company in unproven spy chip story moving business out of China


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Chips were rumored to have found their way into servers used by the likes of Apple.
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California-based Super Micro Computer is moving server production out of China. The company was last year at the center of a damaging story from Bloomberg.

The article alleged that spy chips had been placed into server motherboards, including those used by Apple, manufactured by Super Micro. Despite the story appearing to be highly dubious, it seems Super Micro is still having to take action.

Apple bars Bloomberg from iPad event as payback for spy chip story


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More than a year of reporting went into "The Big Hack," an explosive story about Chinese spy chips.
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Apple and Amazon are already starting to make retaliatory moves on Bloomberg Businessweek for its claims that the two companies’ servers were hacked by China.

Amazon pulled its Q4 ads from Bloomberg’s website, cutting off significant ad revenue. Meanwhile, Apple has decided to give Bloomberg the old Gizmodo treatment — by banning the company from next week’s “There’s More in the Making” event.

Tim Cook calls on Bloomberg to retract Chinese spy chip claims


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Tim Cook defends Apple's decision to pull HKmap.live from App Store.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is fighting back against a story from Bloomberg that claimed Chinese hackers put spy chips in Apple and Amazon’s servers.

In a recent interview, Cook went on the record for the first time to deny the allegations. Cook also called on Bloomberg to retract its story saying it is absolutely false.

NSA can’t find evidence of Chinese spy chips in Apple servers


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If there are Chinese spy chips concealed on Apple data servers, the NSA can't find them.
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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.

Top cybersecurity agency says ‘no reason to doubt’ Apple on Chinese spy chips


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Either this is the year's biggest tech story or a whole lot of fake news.
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The U.K.’s national cyber security agency has chimed in with its assessment of the recent report claiming that multiple companies — including Apple — had malicious chips inserted by Chinese spies into their computer systems.

Both Amazon and Apple, two of the companies named, have so far denied the claims. Now Britain’s National Cyber Security Center has said there’s no reason to doubt them.