Thursday, October 04, 2018
Nested on the servers' motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn't part of the boards' original design. During the ensuing top-secret probe, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines.
Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental's servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA's drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships.
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