United States—Have Chinese hackers managed to infiltrate miniature chips in our computers?

According to a breaking story from Bloomberg News, special agents from the People’s Liberation Army have been consistently implanting minuscule chips (smaller than a grain of sand) into computer hardware manufactured by the Chinese company Supermicro for U.S. tech giants, like Apple and Amazon, and even for the U.S. defence community.

Apple, however, has been most vigorously denying the allegations. A company spokesperson expressed his disappointment with Bloomberg’s reports and sources. He added, “Our best guess is that they are confusing their story with a previously reported 2016 incident in which we discovered an infected driver on a single Super Micro server in one of our labs. That one-time event was determined to be accidental and not a targeted attack against Apple.”

But what would such a hack mean?