Huawei’s Woes Widen, Virus Laden Laptop for Sale, Baltimore Held Hostage

I know. I know.

It has been a long time.

It’s true.

Like many. 2019 has been a bitch of a year. I’ve been behind the 8 Ball so much this year, and the last 3 months are no exception. But, I have been doing my duty and delivering the latest news from the digiwebs on First News 570 with Mark Starling, LIVE, each Thursday morning at 6:43am. You can always listen using the iHeart Radio app.

HUAWEI’S WOES CONTINUE
It’s getting harder and harder for Huawei to win. Ever since the US government announced accusations of Huawei selling encryption technology to Iran, it has just been getting worse. Huawei has been accused of pirating technology from US firm Qualcomm, and now chip manufacturers aren’t supplying the company with microprocessors. Yesterday, ARM which designs chips for the iPhone, Samsung, and other mobile devices has announced it has suspended business with Huawei fearing that it may be under US export laws since some design happens in Austin, Texas and San Jose, California. It’s getting more and more perilous for the company. Further, the UK and Japan aren’t licensing a new 5G phone for their markets.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/22/18635326/huawei-arm-chip-designs-business-suspension
https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/22/18635313/huawei-phones-dropped-uk-carrier-ee-5g-mate-20-launch

VIRUS LADEN LAPTOP BEING AUCTIONED FOR OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS
The technology world can be wild and zany sometimes. If you’re in the market for a new laptop you can bid on a Samsung laptop that’s been purposefully infected with 6 viruses, two of which we’ve covered on First News 570. The auction is a performance art collaboration between artist Guo O Dong and New York Cybersecurity Company, Deep Instinct. The current bid is set at 1.1 million dollars and ends this coming Wednesday. Remember, it is illegal to sell malware for the purpose of causing damage in the United States.
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IN MOMENT OF EMBARRASSMENT, BALTIMORE IT IS BEING HELD HOSTAGE
It’s hard for me to report on this; especially, after we showcased Baltimore in a shining light for having the first organ transplant delivered by drone. Baltimore has had a tough year, two days after Mayor Jack Young took office after disgraced mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore’s IT networks were shutdown after being subjected to a ransomware attack. Analysts are predicting weeks before the city’s systems return to normal as water billing, payment systems, email, and the phone system remain offline. Baltimore also doesn’t have an insurance policy to cover ransomware attacks, which could have easily covered the $70,000 the attackers are demanding to have their systems returned to normal.
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