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Amazon joins Apple in demanding Bloomberg retract microchip report



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Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web


  • Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services, has echoed
    Tim Cook in calling for Bloomberg’s report on a Chinese
    hardware hack to be retracted.
  • Cook told Buzzfeed last week that there was “no truth”
    in Bloomberg’s report about Apple.
  • The CEO of Super Micro, the server company at the heart
    of the report, also issued a statement asking for Bloomberg to
    walk back the story.

Amazon and Super Micro have joined Apple in demanding that
Bloomberg retract its explosive report on China planting
microchips in tech hardware to spy on American companies.

Last week, Apple
CEO Tim Cook refuted Bloomberg’s report
from earlier this
month that
Chinese spies placed microchips inside servers to spy on the
. “There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told

Now a senior Amazon executive has thrown his lot in with Cook.
Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, tweeted on Monday that
Bloomberg’s story was “wrong about Amazon, too.”

“They offered no proof, story kept changing, and showed no
interest in our answers unless we could validate their theories,”
he wrote. “Reporters got played or took liberties. Bloomberg
should retract.”

Business Insider has contacted Amazon to ask if Jassy’s statement
is reflective of the company’s position.

Furthermore, in a statement obtained
, Charles Liang CEO of Super Micro — the server
company at the heart of Bloomberg’s story — also called for
Bloomberg to walk back the story.

“Bloomberg should act responsibly and retract its unsupported
allegations that malicious hardware components were implanted in
our motherboards during the manufacturing process,” said Liang.

“Bloomberg has not produced a single affected motherboard, we
have seen no malicious hardware components in our products, no
government agency has contacted us about malicious hardware
components, and no customer has reported finding any malicious
hardware components, either,” he added.

Business Insider has contacted Bloomberg for comment. Up until
now, it has stood by the story, telling Business Insider earlier
this month

“Bloomberg Businessweek’s investigation is the result of more
than a year of reporting, during which we conducted more than 100

“Seventeen individual sources, including government officials and
insiders at the companies, confirmed the manipulation of hardware
and other elements of the attacks.

“We also published three companies’ full statements, as well as a
statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We stand by
our story and are confident in our reporting and sources.”

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