Super Micro CEO says Bloomberg should retract spy chip story





Earlier today, Super Micro Computer told its customers that it would conduct further checks into Bloomberg’s Chinese spy chip claims, despite a lack of evidence to support the claims.

Now, Super Micro CEO Charles Liang has joined Tim Cook in calling on Bloomberg to retract the story completely.


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In a statement obtained by CNBC, Liang explained that Super Micro is committed to creating “world-class servers and storage products,” and that Bloomberg’s story has “created unwarranted confusion and concern for our customers.”

Liang also pointed out Bloomberg’s lack of evidence, saying it “has not produced a single affected motherboard” to support any of the claims made in the original story.

Ultimately, Liang said Bloomberg should “act responsibly” and retract the unsupported allegations made in the story. Here is the Super Micro statement in full:

Super Micro is committed to making world-class servers and storage products. Bloomberg’s recent story has created unwarranted confusion and concern for our customers, and has caused our customers, and us, harm. Bloomberg should act responsibility and retract its unsupported allegations that malicious hardware components were implanted on our motherboards during the manufacturing process.

The allegations imply there are a large number of affected motherboards. Bloomberg has not produced a single affected motherboard, we have seen no malicious hardware components in our products, no government agency has contacted us about malicious hardware components, and no customer has reported finding any malicious hardware components either.

Super Mirco’s call for a retraction by Bloomberg comes just a few days after Apple CEO Tim Cook also called on the story to be retracted, saying that Apple “turned the company upside down” in its investigation.

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