The other day a report from Bloomberg revealed that China might have implanted spy chips into Apple’s iCloud servers. These chips are said to be the size of a rice grain, making them tiny and near impossible to spot with the naked eye. Apple has since strongly refuted the report, going as far as to issue a press release.
Now it seems that all the fuss has managed to catch the attention of the US Congress, in which Apple Vice President for Information Security George Stathakopoulos has since written a letter to the Senate and House commerce committees where he reassures them that no signs of a hack has been found.
In the letter that was obtained by Reuters, it reads in part, “Apple’s proprietary security tools are continuously scanning for precisely this kind of outbound traffic, as it indicates the existence of malware or other malicious activity. Nothing was ever found.” So far security and intelligence agencies from both the UK and the US have stated that they have no reason to doubt the denials issued by Apple and Amazon (who is reported to be the ones who discovered the chips while trying to acquire the company whose servers the chips were found in).
As for Bloomberg, it seems that despite these strong refutations, they are standing by their report which they claim have come from at least 17 anonymous sources, suggesting that this is not a standalone incident.