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Independent review finds no spy chips in Super Micro servers

Reuters reports on the latest findings—or lack thereof—in the Bloomberg spy chip story from October:

Computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer Inc told customers on Tuesday that an outside investigations firm had found no evidence of any malicious hardware in its current or older-model motherboards.

It seems pretty clear by now that Bloomberg—either knowingly or unknowingly—published a story that was demonstrably false. There has been no corroborating evidence from any other source or publication, and Apple, Amazon, and officials from both the U.S. and UK governments have all said there is nothing to back up the allegations.

This is extremely damaging for Bloomberg’s credibility, especially as the publication has made no move to retract the article, offer a correction, or indeed say anything publicly about the story. I certainly wouldn’t put any stock in anything that it reports in the information security realm—and perhaps not in technology in general—until it explains exactly how this story got published.