US Homeland Security says no reason to doubt firms’ China hack denials

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The U.S. Division of Homeland Safety mentioned on Saturday it at present had no motive to doubt statements from firms which have denied a Bloomberg report that their provide chains have been compromised by malicious pc chips inserted by Chinese language intelligence providers.

“The Division of Homeland Safety is conscious of the media stories of a know-how provide chain compromise,” DHS mentioned in an announcement.

“Like our companions within the UK, the Nationwide Cyber Safety Centre, presently we’ve got no motive to doubt the statements from the businesses named within the story,” it mentioned.

Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday cited 17 unidentified intelligence and firm sources as saying that Chinese language spies had positioned pc chips inside gear utilized by round 30 firms, in addition to a number of U.S. authorities companies, which might give Beijing secret entry to inside networks.

Britain’s nationwide cyber safety company mentioned on Friday it had no motive to doubt the assessments made by Apple and Amazon.com difficult the report.

Apple contested the Bloomberg report on Thursday, saying its personal inside investigations discovered no proof to assist the story’s claims and that neither the corporate, nor its contacts in legislation enforcement, have been conscious of any investigation by the FBI on the matter.

Apple’s just lately retired basic counsel, Bruce Sewell, instructed Reuters he referred to as the FBI’s then-general counsel, James Baker, final yr after being instructed by Bloomberg of an open investigation of Tremendous Micro Laptop, a maker whose merchandise Bloomberg mentioned have been implanted with malicious Chinese language chips.

“I bought on the telephone with him personally and mentioned, ‘Have you learnt something about this?,” Sewell mentioned of his dialog with Baker. “He mentioned, ‘I’ve by no means heard of this, however give me 24 hours to ensure.’ He referred to as me again 24 hours later and mentioned ‘No one right here is aware of what this story is about.'”

Baker and the FBI declined to touch upon Friday.

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