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Angry Tech News #26: Transmissible Groupthink

Silicon Valley vs Russia, Nvidia and Samsung hacks, Discord goes full Facebook, and my rants go a little bit off the rails!

Links

Western companies jumping on the “Hate Russia” bandwagon
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/5/22962848/paypal-pauses-service-russia-ukraine-invasion
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/04/russia-blocks-access-to-facebook.html
https://www.investopedia.com/microsoft-oracle-join-tech-exodus-from-russia-5221297
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/visa-mastercard-russia-ukraine-invasion/
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/6/22964418/tiktok-suspends-creation-new-video-content-russia-ukraine
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/5/22962822/internet-backbone-provider-cogent-shuts-off-service-russia
https://www.pcmag.com/news/nvidia-to-stop-all-product-sales-to-russia
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-suspends-shipments-phones-chips-230648742.html
https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/coinbase-blocks-25-000-crypto-wallets-linked-to-russian-users
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10579301/Social-media-platform-Reddit-block-links-coming-Russian-domain-name.html

Russia “fake news” law
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/03/01/russian-lawmakers-eye-15-year-prison-terms-for-fakes-about-ukraine-invasion-a76687

NVidia hacked
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/nvidia-data-breach-exposed-credentials-of-over-71-000-employees/
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/malware-now-using-nvidias-stolen-code-signing-certificates/

Samsung hacked
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/samsung-confirms-hackers-stole-galaxy-devices-source-code/

Discord joins the censorship bunch
https://discord.com/blog/addressing-health-misinformation

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Angry Tech News #15: Disney Radiation

Youtube TV drops Disney, F-Secure breaks another IoT device, Protecting yourself from ionizing radiation, and “miscellaneous” headlines

Links:

No deal between Youtube TV and Disney
https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/18/22836949/disney-youtube-tv-channels-deal
Sports cable numbers
https://www.killthecablebill.com/blog/cable-subscribers-paid-3-5-billion-live-sports/
F-Secure vs home COVID test
https://labs.f-secure.com/blog/faking-a-positive-covid-test
ANVS warning about radioactive products (Dutch)
https://www.autoriteitnvs.nl/actueel/nieuws/2021/12/16/heeft-u-een-quantum-pendant-anti-5g-hanger-of-negatief-ionen-sieraad-of-slaapmasker-leg-deze-veilig-weg
BBC write-up about ANVS story
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-59703523
TP-Link routers hidden SSID
https://jahed.dev/2021/12/19/hidden-networks-in-tp-link-routers/
California solar bait and switch
https://apnews.com/article/science-business-environment-and-nature-california-utilities-1bc5070157e0fb4f0c216f8b1dd1daee
Reddit IPO
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-59678451
5G interferes with airplanes
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-59737194

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Angry Tech News #0 – Friday, 3 September 2021

Chinese government restricts video games to 3hrs per week for kids. Reddit continues its crusade against communities that don’t join the hivemind. Samsung shows that when you buy a TV, it’s not really yours. Security researcher turns memory bus into a wifi antenna.

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Chinese mandate – kids under 18 limited to 3hrs/wk of video games
http://www.news.cn/english/2021-08/30/c_1310157506.htm

2019 Chinese restrictions on video gaming
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/06/776840260/china-introduces-restrictions-on-video-games-for-minors

Writing games for China market under new restrictions
https://nikopartners.com/game-regulations-in-china-everything-you-need-to-know/

Reddit has banned r/NoNewNormal
https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/pek9e6/why_are_subreddits_going_privatepinning_protest/

Reddit admin “worstnerd” posted an “Analysis of Covid Denial”
https://www.reddit.com/r/redditsecurity/comments/pfyqqn/covid_denialism_and_policy_clarifications/

Samsung to remotely brick TVs stolen from warehouse
https://www.theregister.com/2021/08/24/samsung_tv_block/

ThreatPost reports “noted air-gap researcher Mordechai Guri created a proof-of-concept”
https://threatpost.com/air-gap-attack-turns-memory-wifi/162358/