Yesterday, Bloomberg published a blockbuster story accusing the Chinese military of sneaking spy-chips "the size of a grain of rice" onto the motherboards of servers sold by Supermicro and/or Elemental for use in data-centers operated by the biggest US corporations (Apple and Amazon, among others), as well as US warships and military data-centers, and the servers used by Congress and the Senate.
Several of the involved parties issues detailed, emphatic denials, producing aa kind of he-said/she-said situation where it's hard to know who to believe (it doesn't help that Bloomberg's article relied exclusively on anonymous sources, albeit multiple sources for each claim).
If you -- like me -- are struggling to make sense of the situation, here is some further reading.
First is a pair of twitter threads by Joe Fitz, owner of Securinghardware.com: the first is largely nontechnical and talks about some of the logistical challenges involved; the second is more technical and gets into some very chewy details.
Next is an excellent roundup from The Grugq (previously) who takes a skeptical look at Bloomberg's claims, points to the best parts of the worldwide debate, and tries to subject the story to some a priori analysis of what we know is possible and what we believe to be impossible.
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