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Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges Bloomberg To Retract Chinese Spy Chips Story

Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to "be careful what you read" in reference to the report, BuzzFeed News said

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Apple accused of making false claims about iPhone X series. Pixabay

Apple CEO Tim Cook is urging Bloomberg to retract its story about an alleged embedded Chinese spying chips that compromised about 30 companies including the servers of Apple.

BuzzFeed News said Friday that the Apple CEO, who received an interview with the news outlet on Thursday, went on the record for the first time to deny allegations that his company was the victim of a hardware-based attack from a Chinese supplier and demanded Bloomberg retract the unfounded story, reports Xinhua news agency.

“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told BuzzFeed News. “They need to do that right thing and retract it.”Bloomberg Businessweek issued a story earlier this month alleging about 30 US companies were compromised after their servers were implanted malicious chips during their manufacture in China, which created “a stealth backdoor” into their network running on the servers.

Apple denied in an October 4 statement that it had found the “malicious chips” in servers on its network, saying it refuted “virtually every aspect of Bloomberg’ s story relating to Apple”.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Wikimedia
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Wikimedia

“Apple has never found malicious chips, hardware manipulations or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server,” it said.In the latest response to the Bloomberg claims, Cook said he “was involved in our response to this story from the beginning”.”I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell, who was then our general counsel.

We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all their questions,” said Cook. “Each time they brought this up to us, the story changed, and each time we investigated we found nothing,” he added.”We turned the company upside down… We really forensically whipped through the company to dig very deep and each time we came back to the same conclusion: this did not happen. There’s no truth to this,” Cook said.The Bloomberg’s report has been extensively questioned even by representatives of the companies it claimed to fall victim to the “backdoor” attack.

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Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to “be careful what you read” in reference to the report, BuzzFeed News said.It quoted a high-ranking executive of a tech giant in Silicon Valley as saying that his company has conducted investigations, which didn’ t turn up any evidence of tampering.

“We couldn’t find anything,” he said. “Our assessment is that it didn’t happen.”  (IANS)

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Apple Acquires Italian Start-up for $5 Million: Report

Apple has not officially announced the acquisition as yet

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple has acquired Italian Application Programming Interface (API) integration developer – Stamplay – for $5.678 million, the media reported.

Stamplay describes itself as a “low code work-flow automation platform, empowering organisations to streamline manual work by integrating data and business applications used every day”.

However, the reasons for the iPhone-maker purchasing the Rome-based start-up remains unclear, VentureBeat reported on Thursday.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

“However, it’s noteworthy that this start-up has experience in the financial payments industry, a sector that Apple entered with Apple Pay, and is expected to expand upon with a self-branded credit card next week,” the report said.

In 2016, the start-up won Visa’s Everywhere Initiative API contest and was entrusted with an unspecified development project for the payments giant.

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As part of the deal, Apple has decided to permanently keep the Co-Founders of the company, Giuliano Iacobelli and Nicola Mattina.

Apple has not officially announced the acquisition as yet. (IANS)