Apple's Tim Cook calls for Chinese chip story retraction

GettyApple CEO Tim Cook

GettyApple CEO Tim Cook

"They need to do the right thing and retract it".

According to anonymous sources who spoke with Bloomberg, Chinese spies affiliated with the Chinese People's Liberation Army were able to plant microchips onto Super Micro server motherboards meant to be used by the aforementioned companies. The report alleged that spies had managed to implant malicious chips into Silicon Valley-bound Supermicro servers while they were being assembled in China.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has called for the retraction of a story alleging Chinese infiltration in its and other major firms' infrastructure.

As reported by BuzzFeed News, Tim cook said that the whole story is not true. And, in an unprecedented move for the company, he called for a retraction of the story that made this claim.

"I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell, who was then our general counsel".

Bloomberg has faced strong pushback from the affected companies, including Amazon, and USA government officials, who say they've found no evidence of the secret Chinese spy chip.

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Bloomberg News has not returned a request for comment Friday, and neither has Supermicro.

Bloomberg, for their part, told BuzzFeed News that they "stand by" their story and are confident in their reporters and sources. Some of the folks quoted in the Bloomberg article even questioned the accuracy of the article with one going so far as to say the article that he is named in.

There's a big battle brewing between Apple and Bloomberg ever since the latter published a damning report about the former. The news agency said that 17 sources confirmed "the manipulation of hardware and other elements of the attacks". Although there are hiccups about the Chinese spy chip story investigation, Bloomberg has stood steadfastly by its story and even published a follow-up account that furthered the original's claims. "Email searches, data center records, financial records, shipment records". Apple strongly denied that such a breach occurred: "On this we can be very clear: Apple has never found malicious chips".

"We couldn't find anything", he said.

"Bloomberg Businessweek's investigation is the result of more than a year of reporting, during which we conducted more than 100 interviews", a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in response to a series of questions.

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