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A wake-up call in cyber supply-chain risk

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 23, 2018

As global supply chains become more complex, so does the ability to identify vulnerabilities that lurk within the supply chain, not the least of which is cyber risk.

The scary possibility that hackers can infiltrate a global supply chain in stealth mode and compromise the security of even the world’s most sophisticated companies made headlines this month, when Bloomberg BusinessWeek published a special report claiming that the servers of several U.S. companies were compromised by Chinese spies in a sophisticated supply-chain attack.

The report focused on software company Elemental Technologies and Supermicro, one of the world’s largest suppliers of motherboards. Bloombergclaimed, in part, that at the time Amazon acquired Elemental in 2015, it was aware that Supermicro motherboards in Elemental’s hardware...

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