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Former Apple engineer says China may have spied on the company

This week, a big controversy was launched by Bloomberg Businessweek. In a nutshell, the vehicle stated that the Chinese government spied on Apple, Amazon, other companies and even agencies in the American government.

This vigilance would have happened in a ?simple? way: a Chinese company responsible for the manufacture of servers used by all involved would have silently implanted microchips in these devices in order to be able to steal intellectual property and trade secrets from American companies and agencies government.

Apple and Amazon vehemently denied the Bloomberg Businessweek, but it was only a matter of time before this case gained new episodes and developments.

Anna Katrina ShedletskyCredit: Leander Kahney, from Cult of Mac

Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, a former hardware engineer who worked at Apple for 13 years and helped create several generations of the iPod, iPhone and Apple Watch, said it was "highly plausible" that such spy microchips could be part of the design of the servers used by Bad.

With my knowledge of hardware design, totally plausible for me. It's very plausible to me and that's scary if you think about it.

Shedletsky worked closely with some of Ma's partners, such as Foxconn, designing and building manufacturing lines for dozens of Apple products. With the knowledge acquired during this work, she left Cupertino's company and founded her own, Instrumental, which uses machine learning to help manufacturers identify and correct problems in their assembly lines.

It is good to make it clear that she has no information other than what was released to the public. His evaluation is interesting, however, because we are talking about a person with a high degree of knowledge regarding the construction of hardware of this type. And for Shedletsky, it would be trivially easy for the Chinese government to place a spy microchip on servers like this.

This is because, generally, there are hundreds or thousands of components that are used in such a product, which makes it very difficult to verify each one of them. In addition, companies often outsource the design of this equipment in whole or in part to their manufacturing partners, which means that they sometimes have little idea of ??what specific components were used. And even if you choose to make your own design for such a product, the components can easily be replaced by cheaper ones or, in the case of espionage, by unauthorized chips.

To exemplify this, Shedletsky said that counterfeiting chips and other electronic components is a large and ongoing problem in the supply chain. Often, these companies exchange the original chips for fake or cheaper components to increase their profits no matter how they entered this market with Instrumental.

British government supporting Apple and Amazon

Government Communications Headquarters, or Government Communications HeadquartersCredit: Evening Standard

The United Kingdom's National Cyber ??Security Center (United Kingdom?s National Cyber ??Security Center) which is part of the Government's Communications Headquarters (Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ), in turn, demonstrated full support from Apple and Amazon.

In a rare statement for the Reuters, the agency said it was "aware of the media reports", but at this stage "it has no reason to doubt the detailed assessments made by AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Apple".

They added that they "get involved confidentially with security researchers", asking anyone with reliable information about these reports to contact them.

What a controversy, my friends!

via Cult of Mac, MacRumors