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Super Micro Says Review Found No Malicious Chips in Motherboards

Computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer Inc told customers on Tuesday that an outside investigations firm had found no evidence of any malicious hardware in its current or older-model motherboards.

In a letter to customers, the San Jose, California, company said it was not surprised by the result of the review it commissioned in October after a Bloomberg article reported that spies for the Chinese government had tainted Super Micro equipment to eavesdrop on its clients.

Super Micro had denied the allegations made in the report.

A person familiar with the analysis told Reuters it had been conducted by global firm Nardello & Co and that customers could ask for more detail on that company’s findings.

Nardello tested samples of motherboards in current production and versions that were sold to Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc, which were both named in the article, the person said.

It also examined software and design files without finding any unauthorized components or signals being sent out.

He said the company was still reviewing its legal options.

Apple, Amazon and U.S. and U.K. officials have all said they have no knowledge of any hardware attacks via Super Micro.続きを読む

That Urgent Email From Your Boss Could Be a Dangerous Fake

Nardello & Co. Associate Managing Director and head of the Hong Kong office, Amie Chang, is quoted in this Bloomberg Businessweek article on the dangerous increase in business email compromise fraud.

If you work for a company that does business around the world, there’s a growing kind of fraud to watch out for: “business email compromise.” Among the victims in recent years are Ferrari NV and Arrow Electronics Inc., which lost millions of dollars after employees were tricked into wiring money to Hong Kong bank accounts.続きを読む

My firm conducts global investigations. Here’s what needs to happen for Khashoggi.

The Saudi government has finally acknowledged that the killing of Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul was premeditated. But the regime’s earlier obfuscations suggest that a truly independent assessment of what happened in this appalling murder, and who was responsible, is unlikely. A rigorous, professional and impartial investigation is needed.

The firm that I lead has conducted an independent investigation in the Middle East; we know what a successful probe in that region looks like. In 2014, we began a 10-month investigation that confirmed allegations of abusive labor practices involving the thousands of migrant workers building New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus in the United Arab Emirates. Several steps are essential for an investigation into Khashoggi’s murder that will produce a report with legitimacy in the world’s eyes.READ MORE