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Amazon Calls Out Bloomberg’s China Spy Chip Story as Fake News

Amazon Calls Out Bloomberg’s China Spy Chip Story as Fake News

This week, a story broke that indicated clear evidence that the Chinese had covertly planted spy chips in various datacenters owned and operated by several key cloud providers.

Amazon has since taken exception to the report and has issued a clear rebuttal. According to Amazon, Bloomberg BusinessWeek was told several times that the story was untrue, however, the media organization issued the report anyway.

Today, Bloomberg BusinessWeek published a story claiming that AWS was aware of modified hardware or malicious chips in SuperMicro motherboards in Elemental Media’s hardware at the time Amazon acquired Elemental in 2015, and that Amazon was aware of modified hardware or chips in AWS’s China Region.

As we shared with Bloomberg BusinessWeek multiple times over the last couple months, this is untrue. At no time, past or present, have we ever found any issues relating to modified hardware or malicious chips in SuperMicro motherboards in any Elemental or Amazon systems. Nor have we engaged in an investigation with the government.

There are so many inaccuracies in ‎this article as it relates to Amazon that they’re hard to count. We will name only a few of them here.

Amazon goes on to list out so many inaccuracies that we had to check to see to see if CNN actually had a Bloomberg byline.

Read the full rebuttal here: Setting the Record Straight on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Erroneous Article


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