Gullible Finnish Man Gave 4 Figure Bitcoin Fortune To Thai Men, In 2017!

The Bangkok post reports that 22 year old Finnish man Aarni Otava Saarimaa allegedly gave a fortune of 5564.4 Bitcoins to a group of Thai men offering him the opportunity to invest in an online casino and an altcoin project they dubbed "Dragon Coin" (archived). Reportedly the Thai men instead converted the fortune into 797 million bhat of which 745 million bhat made it into their bank accounts. In a very Tradehillesque move, many of those bhat were further converted to real estate.

Local police have arrested a number of Thai men for connection to the plot while others they would like to arrest have fled, including one to the United States. Local police are insisting that despite earlier local reports which alleged a number of local politicians were involved, there were no politicians involved in fingering the Finn's Fortune.

"Emergency" Wireless Gateways Making Holes in Substantial Numbers Of USG Assets

A report investigating a Denial of Service botnet has revealed a substantial number of wireless gateways emplaced in emergency vehicles and around numerous USG infrasctructure sites that are full of holes (archived). These ready bake botnet nodes are embedded in networks as varied as airports, hydrogen refueling stations, and ambulance fleets. In addition to being recruited into producing poor internet weather, when installed in vehicles they can allow tracking the vehicle with sufficient resolution to guess what kind of vehicle: police, fire fighting, etc is ferrying around the vulnerable wireless gateway. Fixed installations of the vulnerable gateways has in several cases been documented as motivated by a desire to provision emergency access to the networks so compromised by the device's installaton.

Semiconductor Fabricator TMSC Struck By Virus On Production Equipment

Semiconductor Fabricator TMSC annouced that they were hit with a virus that multiple pieces of their production operation in Taiwan. TMSC alleges the virus entered their systems as they were installing software for a new tool. TMSC's full announcement:

Issued by: TSMC
Issued on: 2018/08/05
Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., Aug 5, 2018 – TSMC today provided an update on the Company’s computer virus outbreak on the evening of August 3, which affected a number of computer systems and fab tools in Taiwan. The degree of infection varied by fab. TSMC contained the problem and found a solution. As of 14:00 Taiwan time, about 80% of the company’s impacted tools have been recovered, and the Company expects full recovery on August 6.
TSMC expects this incident to cause shipment delays and additional costs. We estimate the impact to third quarter revenue to be about three percent, and impact to gross margin to be about one percentage point. The Company is confident shipments delayed in third quarter will be recovered in the fourth quarter 2018, and maintains its forecast of high single-digit revenue growth for 2018 in U.S. dollars given on July 19, 2018.

Most of TSMC’s customers have been notified of this event, and the Company is working closely with customers on their wafer delivery schedule. The details will be communicated with each customer individually over the next few days.

This virus outbreak occurred due to misoperation during the software installation process for a new tool, which caused a virus to spread once the tool was connected to the Company’s computer network. Data integrity and confidential information was not compromised. TSMC has taken actions to close this security gap and further strengthen security measures.

US NRA On The Ropes Amid State Financial Deplatforming Attack

The US National Rifle Association, an organization that has long been a major financial supporter of more than half of active US politicians at any given time, is in peril after facing a financial deplatforming attack led by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (archived). As a result of Cuomo's blacklist campaign the NRA has lost its general liability insurance and is having extraordinary difficulty accessing the fiat financial services their organization depends on.

Politically motivated deplatforming campaigns have typically been limited in effect to denying social media access and occasionally financial services to figures outside the political mainstream on popular platforms. By contrast the National Rifle Association has long been a pillar of mainstream US politics serving to moderate the mass of would be conservative voters into a form more malleable to "our democracy" by promising them no matter what horrors may come, at least they could keep their guns. That's a rather tepid proposition for this age of The Great Again.

Germany Debates Starting Nuclear Weapons Program

Amid increasing isolation within Europe, political instability, and an unyeilding committment to a 1990's Clintonesque "end of history" worldview, the German political establishment is considering the merits of starting a nuclear weapons program (archived). Several years of sending their soldiers to joint NATO exercises armed with black broomsticks in the place of rifles (archived) has the German regime fearful that its allies might take the alliances which have blanketed Germany with foreign protection as unseriously as the Germans themselves do.

Germany has been dismantling their civil nuclear power generation infrastructure for years raising concerns over what they will do with all their delicious yellow cake.

Mikrotik Routers Leveraged For Brasilero Botnet Mining Recruitment

A number of Mikrotik routers of the sort previously hijacked by the USG for terrorism in Brazil have been pressed into service recruiting botnet miners (archived). Mikrotik routers deployed in carrier and end user application are injecting "Coinhive Javascript Monero Mining (TM)(R)" into http traffic passing through their routes. So far most of the affected routers and traffic have been centered in Brazil with some spread into other geographic regions.

Reddit Hacked, User Data Taken

Reddit has announced that they were hacked in June losing control of current user email addresses and a complete 2007 backup including password salted and hashed to Reddit's 2007 standards for such things (archived). Reddit attributes their loss to SMS based 2 factor authorization being defeated with their third party cloud and code hosting providers. They further claimed to have involved "law enforcement" in this matter.

Vandalia Outdoors Retailer Hit By Multi Agency USG Raid

Multiple agencies operating as part of the criminal conspiracy known as the USG hit Wildlands Outdoor Equipment in Vandalia, Illinois with an early morning raid (archived). Forces from "Homeland Security", the FBI, ATF, and Illinois State Police descended on the property of 82 year old Bob Hanabarger in armoured vehicles followed by flatbed trucks. The thieves made no arrests and the local US attorney's office declined to comment on why the USG raiders loaded property including entire intermodal containers onto their vehicles.

Hanabarger has reportedly been operating his business equipping outdoor enthusiasts for decades.

Information On US "Quiet Skies" Program Leaks

Information on a US surveillance program targeting persons not known to be terrorists has been leaked (archived). The progam dubbed "Quiet Skies" involves the assignment of air marshall details to follow travelers who meet the following criteria:

  1. Not under investigation by any agency
  2. Not in the terrorist screening database

Selected targets are then followed by a team of armed plainclothes air marshalls for the duration of their US air travel. In their report on the program, the Boston Globe estimated the program manages to handle 35 targets daily.