Report: China Used Computer Chips to Spy on American P.C. Systems | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Report: China Used Computer Chips to Spy on American P.C. Systems

A Friday report from Bloomberg News revealed China was able to spy on American computer systems for a decade by supplying compromised chips to Super Micro Computer Inc. (Supermicro), one of America’s leading motherboard providers.

According to the report, U.S. intelligence agencies were aware of this wide-reaching Chinese espionage program but did not warn either Supermicro or its customers, because they prioritized monitoring China’s surveillance techniques and developing countermeasures against them.

The lengthy Bloomberg report documented the known history of the Chinese espionage scheme, which took advantage of Supermicro’s reliance upon global supply chains to obtain chips for its motherboards at low prices.

“Supermicro is the perfect illustration of how susceptible American companies are to potential nefarious tampering of any products they choose to have manufactured in China. It’s an example of the worst-case scenario if you don’t have complete supervision over where your devices are manufactured,” former FBI official Jay Tabb told Bloomberg.

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