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.
British MMA fans tuned in to watch Bellator 206 this morning and were deprived of the opportunity to see the main event when Channel 5 switched off their feed and instead aired "Peppa Pig" (archived). Channel 5 insists they were mandated to make the switch due to Mammy state regulations against airing content with the wrong rating after 6am. The Mammy state governing Airstrip one further requires households with color televisions pay an annual license fee of more than 150 pound no longer sterling for having the ability to view over the air transmissions.
Bellator president Scott Coker announced his intention to prevent this issue in the future, reducing the length of events to accomodate the mammy state.
In recent days local media in Zambia has blown up over increasing discontent concerning China's investments in the country (archived, archived). China has been engaging in direct loans to the Zambian government outside of the "rules based" IMF system in exchange for the ability to develop Zambia's mineral deposits, primarily copper. The discussion appears to center around the unfairness of China receiving useful quantities of copper while Chinese made automobiles trickle into the Zambian market, though the likelihood of external agitation from "rules based" advocates is high enough to suggest this is probably not a purely indigenous outrage.
In a piece published as part of their end of the week newsdump the NYTimes wrote a piece concerning Deputy US Attorney General Rodney Rosenstein's stalled coup attempt against US President Donald Trump (archived). According to the story after Rosenstein authored a memo recommending James Comey's firing Rosenstein solicited persons1 with access to the White House to surveil the president while Rosenstein himself would gaslight the president. Then according to the plan Rosenstein and conspirators would use recordings of a man reacting in anger to having been gaslit as evidence of "incapacity" and mount a coup from there.
Given the Pantsuit venue in which the report appeared, the plot appears to have been unsuccessful to the point its supporters had to escalate the gaslighting by collaborating with Pantsuit media to publish the plot, likely with critical details altered in order to bait the president into acting clumsily before he cements hold of the Senate in this fall's midterm elections. Earlier this month the NYTimes published a piece (archived) claiming to be from a Trump administration insider sabotaging President Trump's agenda from the inside. While the earlier piece is as likely to be fanfiction as it is the daydreams of a deskriding pantsuit manlet in a government office, the point of publishing these pieces is clearly to bait Trump into premature retaliation before the next congress is sworn in.
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According to the NYTimes piece members of the President's cabinet were named ↩
Twenty six year old Snochia Moseley went retribution day on the Aberdeen, Maryland distribution center for Rite Aid (archived). Three were killed, three more were injured, and Snochia allegedly ended her retribution day by "shooting herself in the head." Per their own slogan, with Rite Aid it is personal.
Russian President Putin and Jewish Leader Bibi Netanyahu are offering measured, concilliatory words after Israeli planes conducting air strikes in Syria used a Russian Il-20 observation plane as radar cover leading to its destruction by Syrian air defenses (archived). Soon after the plane went down Russia was swift to condemn Israel for their role in the destruction of the planeand loss of the crew.
Judge Claudio Bonadia has levied criminal charges against former Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, requested her immunity from prosecution as a sitting Senator be stripped, and further requested her imprisonment (archived). The charges stem from an investigation which revealed Cristina, her late husband Nestor, and others turned the aparatus of the Argentine state into their very own mechanized bribe collection network.
Whether Cristina's prosecution moves forward depends on her Senate collegues accepting or rejecting Judge Bonadia's request.