Saturday, October 06
- Following up on the story from yesterday:
Bloomberg claims in a huge exposé that chips "not much bigger than a grain of rice" were used to subvert management circuits and hack into servers at Apple, Amazon, and multiple unnamed US government agencies.
Art by Jennifer D'aww.
Apple continues to maintain that Bloomberg screwed the pooch. (BuzzFeed)
Both public and anonymous sources within Apple say that not a single thing in the Bloomberg story is true.
One independent researcher who said they had verified Bloomberg's story has since recanted. (Risky.Biz)
The NetSec Subreddit, which would normally be all over a story like this, is ignoring it as being so lacking in technical detail as to be beneath their notice.
Britain's GCHQ says that as far as they are concerned, the story is a big bowl of cold tripe. (Reuters)
Not clear if that is a positive or negative assessment.
The same reporters at Bloomberg ran a 2014 cyberwar story that has been widely ridiculed as baseless nonsense.
What it boils down to is that this story is technically plausible, but probably fiction. It seems that Bloomberg was jealous of The New Yorker's credibility implosion and wanted to one-up them, or one-down them, whichever.
- Speaking of implosions, a painting by anonymous graffitist Banksy sold at auction at Sotheby's for £1.04 million and then immediately self-destructed when a mechanism hidden in the frame shredded the canvas. (AFR)
So Banksy put a video on Instagram and deleted it almost immediately about the whole shredder in the painting. I screen recorded it for anyone who missed it! pic.twitter.com/uryPvP21ge— Zoe Smith (@zoelouisesmithx) October 6, 2018
Social Media News
- Facebook's staff are still mindless twatwaffles. (Axios)
- You know what? Let's not trust a third party to manage logins to our app. (Axios)
- In a speech at the Hudson Institute, Vice President Mike Pence strongly urged Google to cease development on a censored search engine for the Chinese market. (ZDNet)
Video of the Day
While I love Simon and Simon (Which included an episodic guest appearance by a VA who would become famous dubbing anime years later.), I was never as taken with the first intro as you are...
...Due a little to Tim "Downtown Brown" Reid only appearing in the seasons that had the second intro.
And now for something completely different - either the content makers of the video used by the Daily Telegraph, or the editors at the Daily Telegraph, probably need a shot of Wiki-fu, because, no, Brett Kavanaugh was NOT appointed to the Supreme Court, he was confirmed.
Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, October 07 2018 12:05 PM (2ZW6Y)
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