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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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>Modern motherboards are not covered in chips these days and they are inspected by QA using Xray, so covert chips hidden in connectors, inside the PCB stack or under another chip will show.

True. However the X-ray tests are performed by PCB manufacturers and those populating the PCB with the electronics, and at least the latter was Chinese supposedly under Chinese government control. The end users typically use functional testing like BITE (Built In test Equipment) and simply turning on the machine and seeing it ran, including burn in tests.

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