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Supermicro’s Audit Clearance Answers The MaliciousHardware Allegations


The Supermicro CEO Charles Liang, President, and other top executives have clearly mentioned in a letter that an inspection performed by an outside examining team found no proof of any malicious hardware built-in into motherboards previously or currently manufactured by the company. This is an answer to the earlier reports of Bloomberg that had confirmed the presence of certain tiny chips and showed the backdoor to China’s intelligence agencies that had been incorporated into making boards for key Internet and cloud providers. Though the company had refuted to the reports the damage had already been done.

Liang and Supermicro Senior Vice President David Weigland have confirmed that the thorough investigation along with various functional tests has found no evidence to the fact that the malicious hardware is present on their motherboards. The allegations being proved to be false is not surprising as the company was adamant regarding its quality and also support from customers including AWS and Apple. The senior government officials including the director of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security representatives, the Department of Homeland Security, and the director of National Intelligence also helped China swim to the surface. The global investigative firm Nardello & Co was the audit performer which examined each sample motherboards sold to Apple and Amazon in the form of design files or software for products with such accuracy that no network transmissions, beacons, or other malicious hardware could be found that was indicative of any threat.

Supermicro’s delivery chain security measures such as oversighting, inspecting, repetitive testing, regular audits of suppliers, and compartmentalization of access to board design data across Supermicro of the product during manufacturing process is an additional safeguard. The company executives find the current announcement to help lay rest to the rumors that are products have malicious hardware. The companies Sepio Systems supporting Bloomberg for the false story is currently in a hot soup according to Chinese intelligence.  Supermicro’s new 1U system that ropes up to 1 Petabyte (PB) of all-flash Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe™) storage through 32 Intel® EDSFF Ruler SSDs will be showcased in the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategy Conference 2018 this month despite the controversies.