The Cybersecurity 202: Lawmakers press for answers about China’s alleged supply chain hack


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Capitol Hill in Washington on Aug. 2. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Lawmakers are prying into a controversial report that Chinese spies installed surveillance microchips in servers used by Apple, Amazon and other American companies. 

On Wednesday, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote to Supermicro, the firm that manufactured the allegedly compromised hardware, asking whether it had detected any such tampering in its products. The senators acknowledged that the company, along with Apple and Amazon, had forcefully denied the reporting from Bloomberg Businessweek, but said “the nature of the claims raised alarms that must be comprehensively addressed.” 

“We are alarmed by the dangers posed by back doors, and take any claimed threat to the nation’s networks and supply chain seriously,” they said. “These new allegations require thorough and urgent investigation for customers, law enforcement and Congress.” 

Other lawmakers on the

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