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MarketWatch First Take: New cloud over Super Micro adds to its dark relationship with Wall Street

As investors debated the frightening potential raised Thursday by a Bloomberg News report of a supposed secret spy chip hidden on American servers by the Chinese government, the stock of one company was hit far harder than any others mentioned in the report.

That company, Super Micro Computer Inc. SMCI, +0.46% is a little-known Silicon Valley server developer, which rode the early days of the data-center boom but has fallen out of favor among investors in recent years under an accounting cloud. Its shares — currently traded over the counter — plunged 41% Thursday, as the company’s server components were cited as being compromised with a minuscule computer chip inserted during the manufacturing process in China that could let hackers gain access to any network containing the altered motherboards.

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