Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said on Friday that a story claiming the internal computer systems at Apple were infiltrated by malicious chips inserted by intelligence agents from China should be retracted by Bloomberg.
However, Bloomberg said later the same day that it stood by the report published in early October.
Cook told an online news agency that there was no truth in the story about Apple and Bloomberg needs to do the right thing by retracting it.
Cook’s comments came following Apple’s denial that Bloomberg had included in the article, a statement posted on the own website of Apple, and a letter to lawmakers in the U.S.
Apple would not say if it is considering taking legal against the international news agency.
Following the interview of Cook on the online publication BuzzFeed News, Bloomberg reiterated it was confident in the reporting it has done for over one year and added that there had been 17 sources that had confirmed manipulation of hardware as well as other elements that took place in the attacks.
In its report, Bloomberg has said that a unit of the People’s Liberation Army of China had infiltrated Super Micro Computer Inc.’s supply chain. Super Micro Computer is a maker of computer hardware and the report said attackers planted malicious chips that were used to steal government and corporate secrets.
In the report Bloomberg said that as many as 30 companies and several government agencies in the U.S. had been targeted by the malicious chips, which would give the Chinese government access to different secret internal networks.
The report was denied by Super Micro as well.