Afternoon Coffee: Bloomberg Says China’s Hardware Hack Is Called the Most Significant Supply Chain Attack on U.S. Companies 

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Bloomberg Businessweek’s investigative report on a hardware hack from China has sent ripples across the supply chain community as companies and their managers consider the fallout — with the report saying U.S. officials described it as “the most significant supply chain attack” against American companies. 

The business news organization said a tiny chip was added to an electronics panel in China before being sent to its buyer, a U.S. company that served bigger clients like Amazon, Apple and U.S. national security efforts. Amazon and Apple issued statements saying they had not found the chip, but Bloomberg cited sources with Amazon Web Services and a top secret U.S. investigation into the hack. 

It’s believed that China’s spy agency invested millions of dollars and hours to pull off the long-shot hack to target the supply chain from a subcontractor, Businessweek reported. 

“Investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines,” the report said. 

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