AMAZON AND APPLE GET HACKED BY CHINA

AMAZON AND APPLE GET HACKED BY CHINA

By: Jason Deng

In the year of 2015, Amazon’s software company startup, Elemental Technologies, developed a software that was able to compress and format video files so that they could fit into different devices. This type of software is used by the CIA, the International Space Station for communication, and drone footage. In short, the software is used for many reasons and most importantly is safe to use. However, in the late spring of 2015, a third-party company that was hired by Amazon to aid and scrutinize Elemental’s security found a tiny microchip, smaller than a grain of rice, in some shipments of Elemental’s video-compressing servers. The actual raw server  is made by a company in San Jose called Supermicro Computer Inc. who is also a worldwide supplier of server motherboards. With many customers, including government organizations like the CIA and the Navy, the hacked servers were shipped to the center of the U.S, almost infiltrating our network and exposing ourselves to the “hackers”

Starting of with the basics, the Chinese hack was considered as a “seeding hack” which is a type of hacking that manipulates software products from the beginning or directly from the factory. This type of hacking is infrequently used and very rarely successful. As a matter of fact, “having a well-done, nation-state-level hardware implant surface would be like witnessing a unicorn jumping over a rainbow,” says Joe Grand, a hardware hacker and the founder of Grand Idea Studio Inc.. In the long run, this “grand” hack proves to be a big fall for Apple and Amazon as both rely hugely on Supermicro for hardware, but, amazingly, the two companies decided to sever ties and relationships with Supermicro, claiming that they never found any malicious chips, or “hardware manipulation” in any server. This desperate move made by both companies is to “reassure customers” of their social security being safe in the company’s hands. Either way the conflict between Amazon and Apple and its productional abilities is like fragile china that could break any moment under the right pressure.

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies