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[TH] Report: Super Micro Dropping China-Made Components After Backdoor Reports

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According to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review this week, Super Micro has told its suppliers to move production out of China, after its U.S.-based customers started becoming concerned about Chinese espionage. In December, Bloomberg reported that Super Micro chips came with Chinese backdoors and that that was the reason Apple ended its contract with Super Micro.
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Whether the embedded Chinese chip in Super Micro motherboards was real or not, it seems clear that the backdoor report has negatively affected both the confidence customers have in Super Micro, as well as Super Micro’s sales. The company may attempt to fix this by moving production outside of China, but winning trust back will likely not be easy.
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Whether the embedded Chinese chip in Super Micro motherboards was real or not

This has been beaten to death already. It was not real. There wasnt a shred of proof to begin with and 3rd party analysis found nothing amiss.

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Whoa now, that's in the name of national security and they have nothing but the best interests of the worlds citizens in mind.

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Whoa now, that's in the name of national security and they have nothing but the best interests of the worlds citizens in mind.
you make it sound like baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and chevrolet are bad.

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Everyone slings mud while wrapping themselves in a shroud of piety when they're all busy spying on each other with back doors (hardware/software/hacking/cameras/internet) and through front doors (spy agencies/moles/drones/bugs/social media).

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Whoa now, that's in the name of national security and they have nothing but the best interests of the worlds citizens in mind.

Its also because its illegal to force a company to commit espionage. That's why the NSA/CIA does lab intercepted hardware at ports of entry.
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What does this mean for the typical consumer?

And aren't there currently "backdoors" embedded in the firmware of HDD's & SSD's that we discovered when the CIA's hacking tools were leaked to the public? Wouldn't a clever chinese operative just use those tools instead?

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The endless US vs China war caused by politicians.

Good luck super micro making products from parts not from China if they even exist. Expect prices to skyrocket if they actually manage to get local suppliers who aren't just importing it from Asia. Or suddenly Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam are fine? But China not? So just move the factory by 200km, big deal, corporations have done that in response to the stupid eco war of US already.

If anything I would worry about all the backdoors in Intel chips probably AMD also, etc. the management engine, CPUs, ... chips that give you absolute control over net even beyond that of actual user sitting at the PC. It's why others are pursuing custom CPUs/chips not made/designed in US with backdoors.
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