Prices for Rhodium are climbing near 2008 all time highs (archived, archived). The brittle platinum group metal is primarily produced by South African and Russian operations while most trades typically involve producer to industrial user transactions without much of the "paper" market that flattens gold prices. This may be an early indicator that markets aren't inclined to value dollars like they used to. It could also suggest deep Afropessimism is setting in among Asian traders that may be stockpiling the material amid doubts South Africa can continue producing.
Reports continue to pour in documenting many cases where US mobile networks are increasingly controlled by folks other than those that happen to have their names printed on the papers (archived). Employees seem to be happy to take outside money and instructions while sheer organizational bulk makes resolving "Whose line is it anyway?" a very difficult question to answer.
Some Danes have documented a number of vulnerabilities present in Broadcom spectrum analyzers deployed in a number of cable modem chips, the most notable of which is a set of "default credentials" leaving modems using the chips open to control by all comers (archived). The placement of this "default credential" backdoor on the component of the modem that most directly interacts with the raw signal coming into customer premises strongly suggests someone requested it be put there.
Democratically elected US President Donald Trump declared that the USG would do nothing more than impose more sanctions on Iran after Iran's Republic Guard fired ballistic missiles at two USG positions in Iraq. Despite years of US saber rattling against Iran, once Iran struck under their own national flag in retaliation for the USG's assasination of a beloved Iranian general inside Iraq's Baghdad International Airport, US President Donald Trump found himself sitting precariously on such a mountain of incompetents that he could only stand down today. Continue reading
Earlier today, Iran's Parliament added the rest of the US Military to their list of global terrorists today after adding only CENTCOM and other USG subunits last April. (archived). Hours later Iran's Revolutionary Guard began prosecuting Iran's War Against Global Terrorism by striking USG targets inside Iraq with ballistic missiles.
The price of producing SHA1 collisions has gotten cheaper with a recent demonstration of "chosen prefix" attacks producing SHA1 collisions (archived). The method demonstrated is alleged to be roughly ten times less expensive than the one that produced the first SHA1 collisions back in 2017.
Eric Chewning, chief of staff to USG "Defense" Madame Secretary Mark Esper is resigning from his role at the end of this month after the USG has entered into a war with Iran (archived, archived). Chewning allegedly left Morgan Stanley to join the US Military during the immediate post 9/11 burst of USian partiotism. His departure is being presented as "planned in advance" of the USG's recent entry into open war with Iran. Continue reading
Iraq's parliament has responded to the USG's strike on Baghdad International Airport by passing a resolution that instructs the Iraqi government to cancel the ongoing request for assistance in combating ISIS issued to the USG and its "coalition" (archived). The "request for assistance" is the present legal cover that allows USG Troops to operate and be garrisoned in Iraq without the situation officially falling into being "an invasion" or "an ocupation" despite the USG troops in Iraq fighting just about everybody except ISIS.