20: S2E20: Ransomware on the rise with real world consequence; IBMs 2nm announcement and Apple hire/fire

Dominic, Mike and Zack are together again this week to discuss the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and all that we’ve learned since. People are still the weakest link in social engineering of attacks. Could China has prevented something like this thanks to their great firewall when compared to American or European companies? They also discussed various news items including: IBM surprise 2nm chip rollout which took everyone by surprise; Elon Musk’s Crypto announcements; and Apple’s hire and fire of Antonio García Martínez. Whom coincidentally is an ad tech person and signifies Apples move into ads, or some ads.

https://twitter.com/dwellington/status/1392864211630530563

A Closer Look at the DarkSide Ransomware Gang

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/05/a-closer-look-at-the-darkside-ransomware-gang/

Tech audit of Colonial Pipeline found ‘glaring’ problems

https://apnews.com/article/va-state-wire-technology-business-1f06c091c492c1630471d29a9cf6529d

Colonial Pipeline paid hackers nearly $5 million ransom in cryptocurrency to restore network

https://fortune.com/2021/05/13/colonial-pipeline-paid-hackers-5-million-ransom-cryptocurrency-ransomware-attack/

News roundup

IBM Creates First 2nm Chip

https://www.anandtech.com/show/16656/ibm-creates-first-2nm-chip

Musk Sends Bitcoin Tumbling With Shock U-Turn on Payments

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-12/musk-says-tesla-suspending-bitcoin-purchases-citing-energy-use

Musk Renews Critique of Bitcoin as Environmentally Unsustainable

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-13/musk-renews-critique-of-bitcoin-as-environmentally-unsustainable

Spectacular failure of vetting by Apple HR, rapidly corrected

https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/12/22433437/apple-hire-antonio-garcia-martinez-out-petition-investigation

https://twitter.com/gassee/status/1392665221014032385

Recommendations

Dominic

Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir — but don’t start it at bedtime, because you will be up late reading “just one more page”

Mike

Crypto mining! Seriously!

Zack

Follow Dominic and Mike recommendation.

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