Sunday, 7 October 2018

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China  Spy Attack Hits Apple and Amazon
Apple and Amazon are among US companies and agencies who have had data stolen by Chinese spies, claims Bloomberg. The data had been siphoned off via tiny chips inserted on server circuit boards made by a company called Super Micro Computer, reported the news agency.









The servers had been compromised during manufacturing and the chips activated once they were up and running, it said. Apple, Amazon and Super Micro have rejected Bloomberg's claims, calling them "untrue".

In particular, Apple released a strong statement in response to Bloomberg's article saying it had found "no evidence" to support the allegations.

Bloomberg said a year-long investigation by reporters Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley had uncovered evidence of the wide-ranging attack, which gave Beijing access to 30 large companies and many federal agencies.

It said the first information about the spying campaign had emerged during security testing carried out by Amazon in 2015 before it had started using servers from US company Elemental, which had been manufactured by Super Micro Computer at plants in China.

And this discovery then kicked off a long-running "top-secret probe" by US intelligence agencies, which found compromised servers:in Department of Defense data centres onboard warships  handling data gathered by CIA drones

Apple, Amazon Deny Bloomberg Report on Chinese Hardware Attack
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) denied a Bloomberg report on Thursday that their systems had been infiltrated by malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence, according to statements from the companies released by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg Businessweek cited 17 unidentified intelligence and company sources as saying that Chinese spies had placed computer chips inside equipment used by about 30 companies and multiple U.S. government agencies, which would give Beijing secret access to internal networks.

Representatives of Apple, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security could not be reached for comment by Reuters. A National Security Agency spokeswoman said she had no immediate comment.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to a written request for comment. Beijing has previously denied allegations of orchestrating cyber attacks against Western companies.

Apple said it had refuted “virtually every aspect” of the story in on-record responses to Bloomberg. “Apple has never found malicious chips, ‘hardware manipulations’ or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server,” the company said. Amazon Web Services (AWS) said it found no issues. Bloomberg said its report was accurate.

Judge Orders Tesla's Musk, SEC to Justify Fraud Settlement
A federal judge on Thursday gave Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission one week to justify their settlement to resolve securities fraud charges against the head of the electric car company.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said her regular practice is to have parties submit a joint letter, in this case by Oct. 11, to show why their settlement was fair and reasonable and would not hurt the public interest.

Musk and Tesla agreed to pay $20 million each, and Musk agreed to step aside as Tesla’s chairman for three years, to settle charges that Musk misled investors in a series of tweets on Aug. 7.

These included a tweet saying there was “funding secured” to take the Palo Alto, California-based company private at $420 per share.Tesla was not charged with fraud. The settlement was announced on Sept. 29, two days after Musk was charged.

Fitbit Data Used to Charge US Man with Murder
Fitbit data has been used by US police investigating whether a 90-year-old murdered his stepdaughter. The victim, Karen Navarra, 67, was found with a kitchen knife in her hand, suggesting she killed herself.

Anthony Aiello, who denies murder, told police he had visited her for 15 minutes to drop off pizza. But police say a fitness tracker she was wearing showed a significant spike in heart rate followed by a rapid slowdown at the time he was there. Mr Aiello was arrested in San Jose, California, in September and is due in court later on Thursday.

According to a police statement obtained by USA Today, Ms Navarra's Fitbit Alta device showed a raised heart rate at about 15:20 local time, when video evidence suggested Mr Aiello's car was at her house. It then recorded her heart rate slowing rapidly and stopping at 15:28, five minutes before he left.


Netflix Viewing Eats up World's Data
Video streaming service Netflix is the world's most data-hungry application, consuming 15% of global net traffic, according to research from bandwidth management company Sandvine. Video in general accounts for more than half of net traffic, it suggests.

Other media streaming such as embedded video on websites accounts for 13.1%, YouTube, 11.4% and web browsing, 7.8%.

The report also found that gaming and file-sharing are becoming a significant force in traffic volume. Video accounts for 58% of the total volume of downstream traffic on the internet, followed by web browsing (17%), gaming (7.8%) and social media (5.1%), according to the report.

That is putting huge pressure on networks around the world and that pressure is likely to get worse, according to Sandvine's Global Internet Phenomena Report.

"The numbers for video are going to get higher as more and more content goes high definition and users turn more to 4K," said vice-president of marketing Cam Cullen.

During peak evening hours, when networks are under "the most stress", Netflix can be accounting for 40% of all download traffic in the US, according to the report. However, the encoding technology used by the video streaming service makes it the most efficient video provider on the net.

Tesla's Musk Appears to Mock SEC on Twitter  After Settlement
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk appeared to mock the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a tweet on Thursday by calling it the “Shortseller Enrichment Commission” days after settling fraud charges it brought against him.

A federal judge is still considering the settlement of the SEC lawsuit.

“Just want to (say) that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!,” Musk said in the tweet.

US Senate Votes 51-49 to Advance Kavanaugh Nomination to Final Vote  Tomorrow
The Senate on Friday advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, 51-49, taking a critical step to open debate before a planned final vote this weekend.

It was still unknown whether Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia planned to support the embattled nominee in the final vote. It appears at least one of their votes will be needed in order for Kavanaugh to be confirmed.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who had also been considered undecided, voted against the motion to move forward Friday morning, later calling the cloture vote itself "a mistake."

"I did not come to a decision on this until walking into the floor this morning," she told reporters. "I believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a good man, I believe that he is a good man, it just may be that in my view he’s not the right man for the court at this time."

Brett Kavanaugh: 100s Arrested in Supreme Court Protest
Hundreds of protesters against US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been arrested in Washington, DC. Comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski were among 302 people held for demonstrating against the nominee.

Republicans earlier declared an FBI report had exonerated him of sexual assault allegations. But Democrats said the five-day inquiry was "incomplete" because it was limited by the White House.

The Senate will hold a procedural vote on the nominee on Friday. The likelihood of Judge Kavanaugh winning a full Senate vote appeared to increase on Thursday after two Republicans whose backing will be essential gave a positive account of the FBI inquiry.

Sens. Manchin, Collins Will Vote 'Yes'  on Kavanaugh; Republicans May Now Have Enough Votes to Confirm
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe Manchin III said Friday that they will vote to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, likely ensuring that President Trump’s nominee will ascend to the Supreme Court after a bitter partisan fight that has included allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Collins, a swing vote, said Kavanaugh had “received rave reviews” for his 12 years as a federal appeals court judge and that the misconduct allegations against him failed to meet a standard of “more likely than not.”

“I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” Collins said at the end of remarks lasting about 45 minutes, prompting appaluse in the chamber.

The final confirmation vote, scheduled for Saturday, needs support from at least 50 senators. Vice President Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote if necessary.Collins’s announcement followed a 51-to-49 vote earlier Friday on a procedural motion to advance Kavanaugh's’s nomination.

UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Defeats Conor McGregor By TapOut
Khabib Nurmagomedov has defeated Conor McGregor in the fourth round of their eagerly anticipated lightweight title fight before vaulting over the Octagon to attack his rival's corner. One of Khabib's team meanwhile entered the Octagon and attacked a still dazed McGregor, before police and security guards intervened.

McGregor was immediately hurried out of the T-Mobile Arena, with Dana White deciding to cancel the traditional post-fight ceremony.Khabib was then given a police cordon out of the Arena, as Irish fans threw drinks at the lightweight champion and attempted to reach him.

The undefeated Russian dominated the fight and secured a submission victory in the fourth round of the contest, billed as the biggest event in the history of the UFC.

At Least 11Dead as Quake Topples Homes in Northern Haiti
An earthquake that struck off the northern coast of Haiti late on Saturday killed at least 11 people and injured more than a hundred when several buildings collapsed.

The magnitude 5.9 quake was centred about 12 miles west-northwest of the coastal town of Port-de-Paix, at a depth of 11.7 km. The tremor was one of the strongest to hit Haiti since a 7.0 magnitude quake struck near the capital, Port-au-Prince, in 2010, killing tens of thousands of people.










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