Investigators Discover How China Is Hacking The United States.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
For many, the thought of a hacker attacking American companies conjures up images of a bespectacled, chain smoker sitting in some dark room in a warehouse somewhere, probably in Asia, figuring out ways to bypass passwords and security blocks. It seems, though, that China is bypassing that process altogether.
Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting today that China has been hacking American computer programs through the implantation of tiny microchips into the computer's hardware, allowing for access into the computer's brain from the moment it is manufactured!
The implantation of hacking facilitating equipment at the time of its production, a process known as seeding, is a significant development in the world of cyberwars. The danger of such activity would be monumental as secretly installing these types of components into motherboards designed for security, intelligence, and military applications would be tantamount to gaining access to America's next steps before they can be brought to fruition.
The Bloomberg Businessweek story tells of an experience by Amazon and Elemental Technologies. In providing its services, Elemental needed specialized servers manufactured for them. The manufacturer was Super Micro Computer, Inc., a company out of San Jose, but whose workforce is mostly Taiwanese or Chinese. It appears, according to the report, that China was able to infiltrate Super Micro Computer, Inc. and implant the microchips there.
Although both Amazon and Element are denying the allegations, anonymous FBI and CIA investigators have laid out meticulous details of the ploy and the ensuing investigation. Officially, the CIA and the FBI are refusing to comment, but the potentially to 30 U.S. companies may have been affected.
If true, then this type of activity will support President Donald Trump's contention that China is actively involved in cyber-activity against the United States. More importantly, foreign entities will have just devised a way through which they may directly interfere with American elections regardless of how isolated the polling devices may be.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.