What’s being called “The Big Hack” by Bloomberg could have compromised servers of Apple and Amazon amongst a total of 30 large US companies, as well as some American federal agencies. The publication reports that a tiny chip, the size of a rice grain, was found implanted on server motherboards sold by San Jose-based Super Micro Computer Inc, one of the largest suppliers of chip clusters, motherboards and capacitors in the world. The microchip was reportedly embedded into Super Micro’s server motherboards during the manufacturing process which happens out of China. The hack was reportedly discovered by Amazon back in 2015 during security testing conducted to determine if the company should start using servers sold by US-based company Elemental, which in turn had been manufactured by Super Micro Computer’s plants in China.
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