‘What have I unleashed?’
An explosive Bloomberg Businessweek story
yesterday (which went live just as the last issue of Big Revolution hit your inbox) alleged that Chinese spy chips were found inside servers supplied to 30 American companies including Amazon and Apple.
The chips, the report claimed, were inserted into servers sold by a US company called Super Micro due to a compromised manufacturing process in China. They were supposedly designed as part of a corporate espionage programme co-ordinated by the Chinese government.
I do feel for the reporters behind the story. I’ve never published a scoop of this magnitude, but when I’ve written something I know is going to have any kind of impact, there’s a feeling of “what have I unleashed?” as it goes live. As the New York Times’ Mike Isaac tweeted
, “(I) have no CLUE who is or isn’t right but I have long-standing nightmares that end with “BigCo shoots down my story via corporate press release”.”
Whatever the truth is, it’s likely someone is going to get sued over this eventually. And whether Bloomberg’s story is true or not, state-sponsored corporate espionage is a much bigger global problem than most people know or care to imagine.