The story is a horrific scenario for U.S. companies and government interests.
Bloomberg’s Businessweek reported that Chinese hackers have infiltrated the manufacturing process of servers used by the U.S. government and major companies including Amazon and Apple, inserting microchips the size of a pencil nub, and stealing data.
There are two ways for spies to alter the guts of computer equipment. One, known as interdiction, consists of manipulating devices as they’re in transit from manufacturer to customer. This approach is favored by U.S. spy agencies, according to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The other method involves seeding changes from the very beginning.