The US Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday it Now had no reason to doubt statements from companies that have denied a Bloomberg report that their Distribution chains were Jeopardized by malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence services.
“The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the media reports of a technology supply chain undermine,” DHS said in a statement.
“Like our spouses in the united kingdom, the National Cyber Security Centre, at this time we don’t have any reason to doubt that the statements from the companies named in the story,” it said.
Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday cited 17 anonymous intelligence and business sources as saying that Chinese spies had placed computer chips within gear used by around 30 companies, as well as multiple U.S. government agencies, which would provide Beijing secret access to internal networks.
Britain’s national cyber-security bureau said on Friday it was no reason to doubt that the assessments created by Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc challenging the report.
Apple contested the Bloomberg report on Thursday, saying its own internal investigations found no evidence to support the narrative claims and neither the firm, nor its connections in law enforcement, were aware of any investigation by the FBI on the matter.
Apple’s newly retired general counsel, Bruce Sewell, told Reuters that he called the FBI’s then-general counsel, James Baker, annually after being told by Bloomberg of an open investigation of Super Micro Computer Inc, a hardware maker whose products Bloomberg said were implanted using chips that were malicious Chinese.
“I got on the phone with him personally and said,’Do you know anything about it? ,” Sewell said of his dialogue with Baker. “He said,’I have never heard of that, but give me 24 hours to make sure’ He called me back 24 hours later and said’nobody understands what this story is all about.'”