An investigation by an outside firm that specializes in all manner of corporate investigations has found no evidence that motherboards sold by Super Micro Computer but made in China had secret chips implanted in them for spying or backdoor access.\nLike every other OEM, Super Micro, based in San Jose, California, sources many of its components from China. There have been issues raised in the past about Chinese-owned hardware companies. IBM faced some initial resistance when it sold its x86 server business to Lenovo, especially since many government agencies \u2014 including the Defense Department \u2014 used IBM hardware.\nBut Super Micro was rocked last October when Bloomberg BusinessWeek ran a lengthy feature article alleging that tiny chips were being secretly stashed on Super Micro motherboards for the purpose of providing backdoors for hackers to illegally access the servers.\n\nThe article knocked back Super Micro, which vehemently denied the claims. Amazon and Apple both immediately came to Super Micro\u2019s defense. Bloomberg has stood by the story, saying it spent a year working on the story and conducted more than 100 interviews, including with Apple and Amazon executives and U.S. government officials.\nSince then, Super Micro has been doing its best to prove the claims wrong and repair its image. This week it posted a letter from CEO Charles Liang, along with SVP and Chief Compliance Officer David Weigand and SVP and Chief Product Officer Raju Penumatcha, who stated, \u201cBecause the security and integrity of our products is our highest priority, we undertook a thorough investigation with the assistance of a leading, third-party investigations firm.\u201d\nStrangely, Liang did not say who that third party was, but it has been determined to be Nardello & Co., which specializes in all kinds of corporate investigations, such as corruption and criminal behaviors. A spokesperson for Nardello told me that she \u201ccan confirm Super Micro\u2019s statement that the investigation found no evidence of malicious hardware on the company\u2019s motherboards.\u201d And that is all she would say.\nLiang said a sample of the company\u2019s motherboards were tested, including the specific type of motherboard mentioned in the article and motherboards purchased by companies referenced in the article, as well as more recently manufactured motherboards.\n\u201cToday, we want to share with you the results of this testing: After thorough examination and a range of functional tests, the investigations firm found absolutely no evidence of malicious hardware on our motherboards,\u201d he wrote.\nDoes this put the issue to rest? It doesn\u2019t seem to have hurt Super Micro terribly. IDC just released its third quarter server numbers, and Super Micro unit sales rose 23.9 percent year over year, better than Dell at 10.5 percent and a lot better than HPE, which lost 9 percent. So,\u00a0Super Micro seems to be weathering the storm.