Apple CEO calls on 'Bloomberg' to retract China surveillance report

Apple CEO Tim Cook                  James Martin  CNET

In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Apple CEO Tim Cook has called on Bloomberg to retract a contentious news report that alleged Chinese spies used microchips to infiltrate a number of major USA tech companies.

This is the first time Apple has publicly called for a news story to be retracted. Affirms that the environment must do the right thing and recognize that they have made a mistake.

On October 4th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Denies Explosive Report about Spy Chips from China infiltrating their Servers".

In an interview with an American media, the CEO of Apple has said that there is nothing true in the story that Bloomberg has brought to light. Though there are often inaccurate rumors and other stories published about Apple, the company rarely asks for a retraction.

Cook told BuzzFeed News that he spoke with Bloomberg's report along with former Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell. Every time Bloomberg approached it for a statement, it investigated the claims and found nothing.

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While a Bloomberg spokesperson did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment, the outlet told BuzzFeed it is still sticking by its story.

Since the report was published, a series of statements from government officials and information-security professionals - including some named in the stories - has cast doubt on its main findings.

Cook then goes on to say that they actually did quite a bit to try and find any truth to the original report, saying they "turned the company upside down", even searching emails, looking through financial and shipment records, and looking through datacenter records.

In response to Bloomberg's latest version of the narrative, we present the following facts: Siri and Topsy never shared servers; Siri has never been deployed on servers sold to us by Super Micro; and Topsy data was limited to approximately 2,000 Super Micro servers, not 7,000.

"Seventeen individual sources, including government officials and insiders at the companies, confirmed the manipulation of hardware and other elements of the attacks", the spokesman told the news organization. Tim Cook, the CEO of the company, has come out of these statements. Cook said the reporters never provided Apple with any specific details about the malicious chips it is alleged to have found and removed. We also published three companies' full statements, as well as a statement from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Considering Bloomberg stood by that Heartbleed story, perhaps we shouldn't expect such a reckoning at the publication - but, at the very least, it's going to lead plenty of people to write off Bloomberg as a credible source on issues like these, and that's unfortunate, given that there are some really big and important stories having to do with computer security right now.

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