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Chinese Spy Chip Trumps Tariffs

Chinese cyber exploits are back in the news with a bombshell story claiming China planted tiny “spy chips” inside Made in China servers now in major data centers of Amazon, Apple, and others. Amazon and Apple vigorously deny knowing about spy chips on their servers, even though the story quotes unnamed “senior sources” at both companies. Observers point to this confusion as an example of why reporting on the secretive national security world is challenging. Many security leaders found the story credible (with notable exceptions). While it may turn out to be disinformation, I find it plausible too. My intelligence contacts have warned for years that supply chain risks in China were growing. T

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