Re: Never a plausible story in the first place
I'm not a fan of Bloomberg, so don't get me wrong there; but I have a friend who actually saw some early examples of these chips while visiting a lab in Indonesia! My friend said they were so arrogant back then, that they even printed a logo on the back of the chips placed on the circuit boards. They were a little crude at the time, more like a piggy back chip. So I totally believe the report, and in fact, they would have to prove this report was wrong in my not so humble opinion.
I can see why the OEMs are squawking, because the recovery of hardware like that would destroy the company; I doubt they will ever admit it - and it would take a government investigation to bring out the truth, which I doubt will happen, because our spooks would like to take advantage of these back doors as well.