Bloomberg finally pushed Tim Cook too far

Tim Cook

Apple CEO calls on 'Bloomberg' to retract China surveillance report

Earlier on October 4, Bloomberg published an investigation which claimed that nearly 30 companies, including a major bank, government contractors, and the world's most valuable company, Apple Inc. were affected by the hardware-based attack carried out by the Chinese government. It's hard to believe that Bloomberg's story was accurate, and the company and its reporters owe everyone an explanation - or at least some additional evidence to support the reporting. AWS' chief information security officer Steve Schmidt dismissed the report and asserted that "there are so many inaccuracies in ‎this article as it relates to Amazon that they're hard to count". It's the first time Apple has ever publicly demanded a retraction, according to BuzzFeed.

Journalists did not provide any specific evidence of malicious chips, said Tim cook. He's calling upon Bloomberg to do the right thing and retract it. Apple has never taken such a step before.

"I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell, who was then our general counsel", Cook told BuzzFeed.

Bloomberg has faced strong pushback from the affected companies, including Amazon, and U.S. government officials, who say they've found no evidence of the secret Chinese spy chip. "They said 17 sources have confirmed "manipulating hardware" and other attack factors".

The report has also drawn criticism from United States intel chiefs. "Email searches, data center records, financial records, shipment records".

The news agency said that major banks were also using servers made by Supermicro and that the government investigation led to several companies getting rid of the Supermicro equipment.

Tim cook has denied Bloomberg.

"Apple has never found malicious chips in our servers".

Yet Bloomberg was equally quick to respond to Cook's latest statement by saying "Bloomberg Businessweek's investigation is the result of more than a year of reporting, during which we conducted more than 100 interviews".

Along with Apple, Supermicro and AWS have repeatedly denied the accuracy of the report. "We also published three companies" full statements, as well as a statement from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg said its report was authentic. Every time Bloomberg approached it for a statement, it investigated the claims and found nothing.

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