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Hacking has almost always been associated with software, but the Chinese have gone one further. Since so much of our hardware is either built or assembled in China they've figured a way to hide secret chips on motherboards manufactured for American companies which will give them access to the computers and servers they're attached to. The first example found was a tiny chip, but since then they've figured out how to make them so flat they actually slide them in between layers of the board itself to make them virtually undetectable. These were found in servers at amazon and apple, among others. Everyone involved is denying it - sort of, but this doesn't seem like a story that was written on the spur of the moment, and Bloomberg is a pretty respectable organization.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies?srnd=premium-canada

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No surprise with this....U.S. intelligence agencies started doing such things many decades ago (e.g. Xerox photo copiers) during the Cold War.   The Soviets could not build their own own versions of American copiers, so the periodic service calls were used to retrieve documents recorded to an embedded device.   Once they were busted, Xerox sales suffered abroad.    The Chinese have updated this method at the hardware design and manufacturing level.

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https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/10/what-businessweek-got-wrong-about-apple/

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Over the course of the past year, Bloomberg has contacted us multiple times with claims, sometimes vague and sometimes elaborate, of an alleged security incident at Apple. Each time, we have conducted rigorous internal investigations based on their inquiries and each time we have found absolutely no evidence to support any of them. We have repeatedly and consistently offered factual responses, on the record, refuting virtually every aspect of Bloomberg’s story relating to Apple.
On this we can be very clear: Apple has never found malicious chips, “hardware manipulations” or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server. Apple never had any contact with the FBI or any other agency about such an incident. We are not aware of any investigation by the FBI, nor are our contacts in law enforcement.

Strong denial from Apple is making some say this story was inserted in the press, done as a deliberate smear of China. 

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4 hours ago, Michael Hardner said:

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/10/what-businessweek-got-wrong-about-apple/

Strong denial from Apple is making some say this story was inserted in the press, done as a deliberate smear of China. 

 

Perhaps, but Apple and other Big Data hardware vendors have already been busted "spying" on customers and/or enabling surreptitious monitoring and collection of private data as a business strategy.

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On 10/4/2018 at 8:44 PM, bush_cheney2004 said:

Perhaps, but Apple and other Big Data hardware vendors have already been busted "spying" on customers and/or enabling surreptitious monitoring and collection of private data as a business strategy.

Not to mention they're being pressured by our governments to create back-doors to our smartphones and such.  All governments are more or less heading in the same direction now.  Virtue is so far towards the back of the bus it risks being dragged to death.

Popcorn? 

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Chinese hacking is NOT the kid next door playing games, it is a national strategy used by (mostly Red Army) professionals to gather information for analysts to use for military, diplomatic, political but mostly ECONOMIC advantage.

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On ‎10‎/‎4‎/‎2018 at 7:13 PM, Michael Hardner said:

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/10/what-businessweek-got-wrong-about-apple/

Strong denial from Apple is making some say this story was inserted in the press, done as a deliberate smear of China. 

Apple does a shitload of business in China and makes most of its phones there. It can't afford to piss off the Chinees government.

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10 hours ago, Argus said:

Apple does a shitload of business in China and makes most of its phones there. It can't afford to piss off the Chinees government.

It's been awhile but I don't think it was Apple.

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18 hours ago, Michael Hardner said:

It's been awhile but I don't think it was Apple.

Apple via a company called Foxconn in China.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn_suicides

Instead of addressing the slave labour issues and suicide, nets were put into place to save them from ending their miserable lives.

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