Apple, Inc., an American multinational technology has recently announced that it is going to run its iCloud and other computing services on its own server farms by next year.
In its 2014 whitepaper, the company revealed to the world that it stores all the content related to its iCloud users on AWS and Azure cloud platforms. It also revealed that the metadata related to its users content is being stored on its own server farm.
A Forbes article in March second week this year, disclosed that Apple has decided to move its iCloud computing needs from AWS to Google compute platform for reasons and the deal is said to earn Google around $600 million(approximately).
It also said through another media source that by 2017 or early 2018, it will operate all its iCloud’s computing needs through its own data center.
The Cupertino based company is building its own cloud infrastructure called project McQueen, which includes servers and networking equipment, mainly to take full control over the services and to keep security and privacy concerns of its users at bay.
Now, as a part of its data center infrastructure procurement the company is concerned that third parties are intercepting the hardware it uses for its servers during shipping and adding additional chips and firmware in order to spy on the data they store, according to a report from “ The Information”.
After reviewing its latest server shipment, Apple suspects that servers it ordered from the traditional supply chain were intercepted during shipping. It strongly feels that additional chips and firmware were added to them by unknown third parties in order to make them vulnerable to infiltration.
Apple immediately questioned the server makers after taking photographs of the hardware and asked to annotate the function of each chip, explaining why it was supposed to be there.
Last year, Russian based cyber security firm Kaspersky indicated that it had discovered spying software that lay deep within hard drives made by WD, Seagate, Toshiba, and other top manufacturers. The security firm confirms that the software loaded onto the hard disks was coded to eavesdrop on majority of the world’s computers, as soon as the storage media was loaded onto them. Although the security lab declined to publicly name the country behind the software, it indicated that it was closely linked to Stuxnet, the NSA-led cyber-weapon, pointing the finger at the US intelligence-gathering agency.
Apple feels that it has valid proof to prove that its new shipments were being tampered, as one of the top executives in its company has an email proof from an anonymous source that confirms that its servers were being tampered while shipping.