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China 'spy chips' rattle global data center supply chain

Apple and Amazon reject allegations, but industry on alert for vulnerabilities

Some contract manufacturers outsource and send motherboard layouts and design to print circuit board makers.    © Reuters

TAIPEI/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- The data center industry was on high alert on Friday over vulnerabilities in a supply chain spanning the Pacific Ocean after allegations that Chinese spies had placed malicious microchips in equipment used by about 30 companies and U.S. government agencies.

Apple and Amazon.com on Friday strongly rejected claims, reported by Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday, that their data center equipment had been compromised by spy chips placed in the motherboards of servers provided by California-based Super Micro Computer, the world's leading server maker. Supermicro also denied the allegations.

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