Public health workers in Los Angeles are alerting residents that the flea borne illness Typus has arrived (archived). As urbanity, to the extent it exists, in the United States continues to reject civilized living in favor of feelings expect the return of pestilence to accelerate.
Reports are emerging that retired FBI agent Monica McLean has had a substantial role in the coordinated campaign to derail US President Donald Trump's attempt to fill a vacancy in the judiciary (archived). McLean attempted to intimidate witness Leland Keyser into changing a neutral statement where asserted he did not recall knowing the accused during the period of the accusation and further did not recall being present at any events where the alleged acts took place into a verbatim conformation of the accusation. McLean suggested Keyser present her desired statement as a "clarification" of his earlier remarks. In the past McLean worked as a spokeszher for Preet Bharara, whose office routinely engaged in such tactics.
Bloomberg reports that servers used by Apple, Amazon, and others have been bugged using hardware implants thanks to China owning the supply chain. Bloomberg's report specifically mentions server boards commisioned by USG contractor Elemental and manufactured by California based Supermicro in China. Before Amazon became interested in Elemental, Elemental had contracted with the US Department of Defense to assist with surveillance drone video processing. The Chinese implant appears to work by tapping into the baseboard management controller, itself a USG backdoor.
A number of "leading academic journals" are reeling after an experiment being dubbed "Sokal 2.0" where so called "prestige journals" published hoax papers in their own areas of expertise (archived). Continue reading
IT workers Jon Sands and Adam Nielsen have disclosed their discovery of a vulnerability in the Dell iDRAC baseboard management controller firmware (archived). The vulnerability, as they discovered it, affects 12th and 13th generation Dell PowerEdge servers and allows attackers to place their own persistent linux installation on the baseboard management controller from which they own the machine. The limitations of the attack's scope as Sands and Nielsen have documented it does not suggest other versions of iDRAC are more secure. As a class, baseboard management controllers are hazardous.
The University of Brighton has taken an ambiguous position on a student sex worker support organization (archived). The organization in question appears to be a sloppy and incomplete implementation of The Gentlement Prefer Coeds Club, while still recognizing that a girl's only 19 once and there's a limited window to extract value from that. The Univeristy is denying that it supports prostitution while saying the organization's existance simply merits "investigation" as an estimated 1 in 6 students derives or has considered deriving income from working their sex.
The islands consituting New Zealand are set to be subjected to a "Customs and Excise Act 2018" by the criminal organization claiming to govern them (archived). Under the new measure travelers entering New Zealand can be selected by customs agents and then compelled to reveal the data stored on their electronic devices or face fines, device seizure, and forensic searches of their devices. Terry Brown, Customs propaganda agent offers:
It is a file-by-file [search] on your phone. We're not going into 'the cloud'. We'll examine your phone while it's on flight mode
Brown's propaganda focus on relatively low value phones is curious, as is his assertion that somehow the data important enough to be kept out of the cloud ought to be less priviledged than data already offered to third parties for inspection. It can only be assumed that these customs officials want to collect more pornography, specifically child porn produced by teens with smartphones for their own use, as law enforcement officials and bureaucrats are the only known demographic interested in consuming child porn.
Numerous Pantsuit drones in the United States are hitting the hard reality of Pantsuit's empty promises as they are failing to qualify for a "public service" student loan debt relief program (archived). The plan initiated in 2007 was sold to aspirants as a way to limit the long term effect of their student loan debt. According to the program's marketing working in "public service" as a pantsuit drone while making reduced "income based" payments on their student loans for 10 years would lead to the balance of the debts being forgiven. Ten years later, who could have predicted that there would be other conditions and restrictions leading to 99% of the pantsuit drones seeking relief from qualifying after organizing a decade of their life around this Pantsuit promise. Who could have predicted the marketing was not the contract?
The Power Rangers introduced a coin inflation bug to their Bitcoin network client dubbed "Bitcoin Core" in 2016 by removing a check against double spending (archived). The bug was introduced by Matt Corallo (WoT: bluematt), advocated by Pieter Wuille (WoT: sipa), approved by Gregory Maxwell (WoT: gmaxwell) and MIT's Cory Fields, then merged by Wladimir van der Laan.
The reference Bitcoin network client maintained by the Bitcoin Foundation is unaffected by the bug introduced into the forked "Core" client.