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Apple Tells Congress It Found No Signs Of Malicious Chips

Apple Inc. (AAPL) has told congress that it found no sign of malicious chips or suspicious transmissions in its server as reported by Bloomberg Businessweek.

In a letter to congress, Apple's top security officer George Stathakopoulos, VP, Information Security, said the company repeatedly investigated and found no evidence claimed by Bloomberg article.

An article published last week claimed that chips were placed inside servers sold to Apple by Super Micro Computer that allowed backdoor transmissions to China.

"In light of your important leadership roles in Congress, we want to assure you that a recent report in Bloomberg Businessweek alleging the compromise of our servers is not true. You should know that Bloomberg provided us with no evidence to substantiate their claims and our internal investigations concluded their claims were simply wrong," Stathakopoulos wrote in the letter sent to the commerce committees for both the US Senate and US House.

"Our internal investigations directly contradict every consequential assertion made in the article—some of which, we note, were based on a single anonymous source."

"Apple has never found malicious chips, "hardware manipulations" or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server. We never alerted the FBI to any security concerns like those described in the article, nor has the FBI ever contacted us about such an investigation."

Bloomberg last week reported that Apple found "malicious chips" in servers on its network in 2015. The report claimed that data center hardware used by Apple and Amazon Web Services, provided by server company Super Micro, was under surveillance by the Chinese government.

Stathakopoulos also offered to be available to give brief on the issue.

"I understand that these topics are of particular interest to your committees. I will be available to brief your staff this week to further address the information we've offered here."

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