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12. Oktober 2018

Kaspersky Lab Says Report Claiming China Hacked Apple’s Former Server Supplier is Likely ‚Untrue‘

Russia-based cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab today said that while „hardware supply chain attacks are a reality,“ evidence suggests Bloomberg Businessweek’s report about Chinese intelligence tampering with server motherboards manufactured by Apple’s former supplier Supermicro is „untrue.“

Apple data center Kaspersky Lab said the report „should be taken with a grain of salt“ in its 14-page analysis of the alleged attack, obtained by MacRumors:

The stories published by Bloomberg in October 2018 had a significant impact. For Supermicro, it meant a 40% stock valuation loss. For businesses owning Supermicro hardware, [...]

 
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11. Oktober 2018

NSA Senior Advisor Latest to Question Report Claiming China Hacked Apple’s Former Server Supplier

Rob Joyce, Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Strategy at the NSA, is the latest official to question the accuracy of Bloomberg Businessweek’s bombshell „The Big Hack“ report about Chinese spies compromising the U.S. tech supply chain.

„I have pretty good understanding about what we’re worried about and what we’re working on from my position. I don’t see it,“ said Joyce, speaking at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce cyber summit in Washington, D.C. today, according to a subscriber-only Politico report viewed by MacRumors.

„I’ve got all sorts of commercial industry freaking out and just losing their minds about [...]

 
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6. Oktober 2018

Apple’s Former Legal Chief Bruce Sewell Says FBI ‚Never Heard‘ of Supermicro Allegations Last Year

Apple’s efforts to thoroughly deny this week’s bombshell Bloomberg Businessweek report now extend to a former top executive.

Apple’s former general counsel Bruce Sewell Apple’s recently retired general counsel Bruce Sewell told Reuters he called the FBI’s then-general counsel James Baker last year after being told by Bloomberg of an open investigation into Supermicro, and was told that nobody at the federal law enforcement agency knew what the story was about.

„I got on the phone with him personally and said, ‚Do you know anything about this?,“ Sewell said of his conversation with Baker, reports Reuters. „He [...]

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1. Oktober 2018

Steve Wozniak’s ‚Woz U‘ Institute Faces Blowback, Former Student Calls it a ‚$13,000 E-Book‘

One year ago Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak backed a new online learning institute that is aimed at educating users in coding and other digital skills. Called „Woz U,“ the subscription-based platform is now facing blowback from participants who cite a lack of quality in the courses and experience offered.

CBS News spoke to one student, Bill Duerr, who said that he expected quality from the $13,200 program (which lasts 33 weeks), but faced ongoing issues. Duerr said the system was full of problems, like live lectures coming pre-recorded and out of date, unqualified mentors, frustrations with typos while coding, and sometimes completely missing instructors [...]

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