What happened: Apple’s top security chief, George Stathakopoulos, told Congress in a letter yesterday (October 8) that the company had found no evidence of suspicious transmissions or that it had been penetrated by China through an attack on its supply chain. The company denied claims that servers sold to the American tech giant by Super Micro Computer Inc contained chips that allowed backdoor transmissions to China.
Why it’s important: Last week, news broke that Super Micro Computer Inc allegedly had its supply chain compromised by its Chinese manufacturers. According to a Bloomberg Businessweek report, tiny chips were installed on the company’s motherboards, compromising the hardware. The attack reportedly affected 30 US companies, including Apple and Amazon. However, the companies, along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), have denied the claims. Whether the report is accurate or not, it won’t do any favors for Chinese tech companies operating internationally.