The Big Hack: What are the Implications for Oregonians?
Note: The following post originally appeared on the Cyber Oregon blog here.
The world of cybersecurity is full of unexpected surprises and attacks that are amazingly inventive and amazingly nefarious all at the same time. We’re talking of course about what’s being called the Big Hack. In an explosive report, Bloomberg is claiming that the Chinese military used a tiny chip implanted on server motherboards to infiltrate some of America’s top companies. The risk is significant, potentially allowing Chinese hackers to gain access to sensitive information or even take control over the servers.
It should be noted that following the initial report, the main players in the story including Amazon, Apple and Supermicro, a manufacturer of server boards, issued statements disputing the report.
What’s particularly alarming to many in all of this is the implication that China was able to weaponize the complex supply chain through which most sophisticated electronics are built. However, supply chain attacks of this nature are real and something that has been of concern to the IT industry for many years, according to Charlie Kawasaki, vice chair of the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council.