[Beowulf] Hacked MBs It was only a matter of time

Kilian Cavalotti kilian.cavalotti.work at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 10:18:12 PDT 2018

For Ar's report on this:
Super Micro, Apple, and Amazon all deny every part of the Bloomberg
story. Amazon says that it's untrue that "[Amazon Web Services] worked
with the FBI to investigate or provide data about malicious hardware;"
Apple writes that it is "not aware of any investigation by the FBI,"
and Super Micro similarly is "not aware of any investigation regarding
this topic." Apple suggests further that Bloomberg may be
misunderstanding the 2016 incident [1] in which a Super Micro server
with malware-infected firmware was found in Apple's design lab.

Apple's denial in particular is unusually verbose, addressing several
different parts of the Bloomberg report explicitly, and is a far cry
from the kind of vague denial that one might expect if the company
were subject to a government gag order preventing it from speaking
freely about the alleged hack.
[1] https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/02/apple-axed-supermicro-servers-from-datacenters-because-of-bad-firmware-update/


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