It was reported earlier this month by Bloomberg that the Chinese had carried out a hardware hack on major U.S. tech companies like Amazon and Apple. Chinese server company Super Micro reportedly fitted surveillance micro-chips on data center hardware used by these companies. The US director of national intelligence Dan Coats has now said that no evidence has been found to suggest that any of this ever happened.
The report mentioned that more than 30 U.S. companies had fell victim to this hack. Apple made a flat denial of this report not too long after it was released. Amazon also said that it “found no evidence to support claims of malicious chips or hardware modifications.”
For its part, Super Micro also issued a denial, saying that no chips were added to the data center hardware for spying during the manufacturing stage. Dan Coats, the U.S. director of national intelligence, has now said that there’s no evidence that something like this affected the likes of Apple and Amazon.
Despite the denials and outright calls by Apple CEO Tim Cook to Bloomberg saying that it should retract the story, the scribe stands behind it. Coats offered his comments on the matter at the CyberTalks event and said that no evidence has surfaced to suggest that this happened.