UK and US shrug off claims China exported 'spy chip'

By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter
Cyber security agencies in the UK and US have played down claims that the China military inserted spy chips into computer hardware before it was exported abroad.
Apple and Amazon, the largest two companies which were connected to the allegedly affected supplier Super Micro, issued strong denials in response to the report last week.
The department of homeland security in the US said it was "aware of the media reports of a technology supply chain compromise" which alleged that dozens of firms had been compromised by the secret spy chip inserted during the manufacturing process.Amazon was the first company to discover the rice grain-sized chip according to the lengthy report in Bloomberg, which would allow Chinese military hackers access to computer networks in secret.The report claimed that in addition to Apple and Amazon, Super Micro manufactured equipment for the US defence department's data centres and other federal government functions - some operated by Apple and Amazon Web Services.Apple and Amazon both denied the claims.
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