Category Archives: Security Theater

This is the end… when the sun makes sea mines detonate (Vietnam stories)

A Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Dozens of U.S. Sea Mines During the Vietnam War

“An analysis of recently declassified U.S. military documents confirms suspicions that, during the late stages of the Vietnam War, a powerful solar storm caused dozens of sea mines to explode. It’s a stark reminder of the Sun’s potential to disrupt our technological activities in unexpected ways. As part of Operation Pocket Money, the U.S. Navy planted a series of Destructor sea mines near strategic ports off the coast of North Vietnam. A few weeks later, on August 4, 1972, crew members aboard U.S. Task Force 77 aircraft suddenly observed a batch of explosions south of Hai Phong. In all, some 20 to 30 explosions were documented in just 30 seconds. Another 25 to 30 patches of muddy water were also observed, indicative of further explosions.”

CVE-2018-5407 “Portsmash”: New Intel CPU vulnerability helps steal data from encrypted content

… : New Intel CPU Flaw Exploits Hyper-Threading to Steal Encrypted Data … :

“A team of security researchers has discovered another serious side-channel vulnerability in Intel CPUs that could allow an attacker to sniff out sensitive protected data, like passwords and cryptographic keys, from other processes running in the same CPU core with simultaneous multi-threading feature enabled.

The vulnerability, codenamed PortSmash (CVE-2018-5407), has joined the list of other dangerous side-channel vulnerabilities discovered in the past year, including Meltdown and Spectre, TLBleed, and Foreshadow.”

$34 billion: IBM buys Red Hat, “investment in hybrid cloud”

IBM acquires Red Hat | ZDNet as reported by my old friend Steven:

In an unexpected report, Bloomberg stated IBM is close to announcing that it will be acquiring Red Hat. The news has been confirmed. IBM is acquiring Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash. This a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion.”

“Rometty continued,”Most companies today are only 20 percent along their cloud journey, renting compute power to cut costs. The next 80 percent is about unlocking real business value and driving growth. This is the next chapter of the cloud. It requires shifting business applications to hybrid cloud, extracting more data and optimizing every part of the business, from supply chains to sales.”

… and Jim himself on the Red Hat blog

“We have barely scratched the surface of the opportunity that is ahead of us. Open source is the future of enterprise IT. We believe our total addressable market to be $73 billion by 2021. If software is eating the world – and with digital transformation occurring across industries, it truly is – open source is the key ingredient.

Powered by IBM, we can dramatically scale and accelerate what we are doing today. Imagine Red Hat with greater resources to grow into the opportunity ahead of us. Imagine Red Hat with the ability to invest even more and faster to accelerate open source innovation in emerging areas. Imagine Red Hat reaching all corners of the world, with even deeper customer and partner relationships than we have today. Imagine us helping even more customers benefit from the choice and flexibility afforded by hybrid and multi-cloud. Joining forces with IBM offers all of that, years ahead of when we could have achieved it alone. Together we can become the leading hybrid cloud solutions provider.”

Here’s the full press release by Red Hat … 

The challenges with the open-source model

Reality update: Open source and the demise of proprietary software – Timescale … :

The challenges with the open-source model

Developing a successful open-source project is not easy As we can see from its history, there has always been a tension in open source: e.g., philosophical licenses focused on preserving “freedom” vs. permissive licenses taking a pragmatic approach. But there are two larger tensions today: (1) how to balance openness with sustainability and (2) how to manage the transition to the cloud.

Remember Chinese Spy Chips? It’s complicated – and probably a hoax

Reality update: Hype um “chinesische Spionagechips” kommt vom Pentagon – fm4.ORF.at
Especially regarding:

Die Sensationsmeldung des Wirtschaftsportals Bloomberg über manipulierte Hardware für Cloud Computing stellt sich im FM4-Faktencheck als fast völlig faktenfrei heraus. Am Freitag kam ein langerwarteter Bericht des Pentagon heraus, der vor der Elektronikfertigung in China warnt. (…) Der Börsenkurs des Motherboard-Herstellers Supermicro wurde fast halbiert, etwa 500 Millionen Dollar an Börsenwert gingen verloren. (…) In Folge gingen auch völlig unbeteiligte Hardwarefertiger aus China in den Börsenkeller, Lenovo etwa notierte am Freitag bei minus 15 Prozent. Insgesamt gingen damit mehrere Milliarden Dollar an Börsenwert den großen Datenstrom hinunter, obwohl erst Supermicro, dann Amazon und Apple in scharfen Worten dementiert hatten. Diesen Dementis folgte noch ein weiteres und zwar von Bloomberg selbst, direkt am Ende des Artikels: „Auch Bloomberg LLP ist Kunde von Supermicro. Laut einem Sprecher des Unternehmens sind keine Indizien gefunden, dass die von Bloomberg benutzte Hardware solche Probleme aufweist, wie sie im Artikel beschrieben sind.”

Strange, um?