Chinese computer maker Super Micro is conducting an internal review to search for any proof that malicious chips were inserted onto its motherboards as stated in a recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek report.
Super Micro’s move comes in conjunction with Apple CEO Tim Cook calling for the news organization to retract its story and another by Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy.
Prior to announcing it would conduct the review, Super Micro told its customers in a letter that it is technically implausible for any entity to place an additional processor into one of its products.
“Our motherboard designs are extremely complex. This complexity makes it practically impossible to insert a functional, unauthorized component onto a motherboard without it being caught by any one, or all, of the checks in our manufacturing and assembly process. The complex design of the underlying layers of the board also makes it highly unlikely that an unauthorized hardware component, or an altered board, would function properly,” wrote Super Micro CEO Charles Liang.
Bloomberg continues to stand by its story and has published a follow up article containing additional claims of evidence.