La storia di Bloomberg sull’hacking cinese continua a non convincere

by Matteo Scandolin

Nelle settimane passate non è saltata fuori una prova che sia una a sostegno della loro inchiesta. Nel frattempo, dopo i comunicati stampa che negavano dettagliatamente le accuse, Apple e Amazon hanno pubblicamente chiesto a Bloomberg di rimangiarsi l’articolo.

“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. “They need to do the right thing and retract it.”

This is an extraordinary statement from Cook and Apple. The company has never previously publicly (though it may have done so privately) called for the retraction of a news story — even in cases where the stories have had major errors or were demonstratively false, such as a This American Life episode that was shown to be fabricated. [link]

Il capo del servizio web di Amazon, AWS, appoggia la posizione di Cook e via Twitter sostiene che

[Tim Cook] is right. Bloomberg story is wrong about Amazon, too. They offered no proof, story kept changing, and showed no interest in our answers unless we could validate their theories. Reporters got played or took liberties. Bloomberg should retract. [link]

Una cosa così non l’avevo ancora mai vista. Sul Washington Post un bell’articolo chiude così:

Bloomberg, on the other hand, gives readers virtually no road map for reproducing its scoop, which helps to explain why competitors have whiffed in their efforts to corroborate it. The relentlessness of the denials and doubts from companies and government officials obligate Bloomberg to add the sort of proof that will make believers of its skeptics. Assign more reporters to the story, re-interview sources, ask for photos and emails. Should it fail in this effort, it’ll need to retract the entire thing.

There’s just too much at stake here. Supermicro’s stock, for starters, took an Acapulco dive following publication of the Bloomberg investigation. It hasn’t much recovered, denials notwithstanding. The company tells the Erik Wemple Blog that it “only became aware of the specifics of these allegations when the article was published.”

So, Bloomberg has some options, none of which is standing pat and hoping that the next Trump scandal distracts the body politic. Your move, Bloomberg. [link]

Matteo Scandolin

È nato a Venezia nel 1982, vive a Milano. Scriveva racconti, poi s'è accorto che si divertiva di più ad aiutare gli altri a scriverli. Ogni tanto aggiorna il suo sito, Grandi speranze. Assieme a un altro paio di amici ha fondato inutile nel 2005. Su Twitter è matteoscandolin.