Episode 5 – China is getting terrorism all wrong

Despite a real threat of terrorism from Uyghur extremists, China has chosen to label an entire people terrorists and the creation of concentration camps will only make the danger worse.

In this podcast, Former Canadian intelligence analyst Phil Gurski analyses why China is getting terrorism all wrong.

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Montreal-based UN aviation agency tried to cover up 2016 cyberattack

In November 2016, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was hit by the most serious cyberattack in its history, and internal documents obtained by CBC suggest key members of the team that should have prevented the attack tried to cover up how badly it was mishandled.

The cyberattack left not just ICAO vulnerable, but made sitting ducks of its partners

As the United Nations body that sets standards for civil aviation around the world, ICAO is the gateway to everyone in the aviation industry, so an uncontained cyberattack left not just ICAO vulnerable, but made sitting ducks of its partners worldwide.

The documents obtained by CBC suggest the hacker was most likely a member of Emissary Panda, a sophisticated and stealthy espionage group with ties to the Chinese government.

Read entire post Montreal-based UN aviation agency tried to cover up 2016 cyberattack | Debra Arbec | CBC

EU investigates hacked diplomatic communications

The Council Secretariat is aware of allegations regarding a potential leak of sensitive information and is actively investigating the issue,” the body that represents EU governments in Brussels said in a statement.

The Secretariat declined to comment further but said it “takes the security of its facilities, including its IT systems, extremely seriously”, referring to concerns about vulnerabilities in its data systems across 28 EU states.

The New York Times reported late on Tuesday that hackers had broken into the EU’s diplomatic communications for years, downloading cables that showed worries about the Trump administration, struggles to deal with Russia and China, and the threat of Iran reviving its nuclear programme.

Read entire article EU investigates hacked diplomatic communications | Reuters

Chinese Head fired after crypto mining at school

The headmaster dismissed reports from teachers of excessive power consumption in the building as the fault of air conditioning units and heaters, according to the BBC.

However, when they found the eight cryptocurrency mining machines he had hooked up to the power supply, the game was up.

They reportedly ran up an electricity bill of 14,700 yuan (£1600) mining Ethereum 24 hours a day.

After laying out 10,000 yuan on just one mining machine and seeing the exorbitant electricity costs that resulted, the headmaster apparently decided to minimize his overheads by moving the operation to the school in summer 2017.

Read entire article Chinese Head fired after Cryptomining at school | Phil Muncaster | InfoSecurity

ISO standards help develop new toilet technology that will save millions of lives

“International Standards are key to the progression of new sanitation technology and developing an industry that saves lives,” said ISO Secretary-General Sergio Mujica at the Reinvented Toilet Expo held today in Beijing, China.

Mujica was speaking on a high-level panel as part of the opening plenary that featured Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, as well as other leading representatives from industry and government.

The panel, which is part of the three-day Reinvented Toilet Expo summit, discussed commitments to non-sewered sanitation and actions required to develop the industry, including standardization. Reinvented toilet technology is all about stand-alone sanitation systems that safely treat waste without the need to be connected to a traditional sewerage system. It is designed to revolutionize the lives of billions of people around the world who lack sufficient clean sanitation systems, saving lives and improving well-being.

> Read entire article ISO standards help develop new toilet technology that will save millions of lives | Katie Bird | ISO.org

Severe Typhoon Mangkhut: Signal No 9 raised as Hong Kong braces for waves up to 14m high

Hong Kong could on Sunday be battered by waves up to 14 metres high as officials brace for the worst under a possible No 10 typhoon warning signal, with the most powerful storm the world has seen this year roaring towards the city.

The No 9 signal was issued at 7.40am on Sunday as Severe Typhoon Mangkhut came within striking distance, threatening a total shutdown of the city, with flights cancelled, villagers evacuated from low-lying areas, and government departments activating their emergency response plans.

The Observatory will consider issuing higher signals in the next few hours as winds continue to strengthen, with Mangkhut expected to skirt about 100km to the south of the city at noon on Sunday.

> Read entire article Severe Typhoon Mangkhut: signal No 9 raised as Hong Kong braces for waves up to 14m high | South China Morning Post

How China’s giant solar farms are transforming world energy

Fly over “Datong County”, a region in northern China, and you’ll see two giant pandas. One is waving at you. They are made of thousands of solar panels.

Together, and with the other adjacent panels included, they form a 100-megawatt farm covering 248 acres. It’s actually a relatively small solar park by China’s standards – but it is certainly patriotic.

China has more solar energy capacity than any other country in the world, at a gargantuan 130 gigawatts. If it were all generating electricity at once, it could power the whole of the UK several times over. China is home to many sizeable solar farms – including the huge 850-megawatt Longyangxia Dam facility on the Tibetan Plateau, with its four million panels. And the largest solar plant in the world at the moment is in China’s Tengger Desert – its capacity exceeds 1,500 megawatts.

> Read entire article How China’s giant solar farms are transforming world energy | BBC

New International Standard for traditional Chinese medicine just published

To ensure the safety and quality of the instrument that is used, a new International Standard has just been published.

Osteoarthritis, digestive complaints, asthma and soft tissue injuries are just some of the wide array of medical complaints that can be helped by moxibustion, a form of heat therapy targeting acupuncture points in the body. Traditionally using the ‘moxa’ plant, modern moxibustion can involve using an infrared moxibustion-like instrument that simulates the heating effect and infrared spectrum of burning the plant to irradiate the body at these points

ISO 20493, Traditional Chinese medicine – Infrared moxibustion-like instrument, aims to do just that, by setting minimum safety and quality requirements for manufacturers and regulators alike.

> Read article New International Standard for traditional Chinese medicine just published | Katie Bird | ISO.org

To Pay or Not to Pay: Airbus Faces Dilemma as Bribery Probes Loom

Airbus SE is being forced by French courts to pay millions of dollars to partners who it alleges used corruption to broker aircraft deals in strategic countries.

Published on Bloomberg Technology | By Ania Nussbaum and Gaspard Sebag

In one case, the manufacturer was made to settle an outstanding $825,000 bill from a go-between that helped secure sales in China even after Airbus said it had evidence the business relationship was “tarnished” by corruption, according to an unreported ruling released earlier this month.

Airbus argued this “called for suspending all payments.”

The court proceedings have put Airbus in a seemingly contradictory situation. The planemaker is under investigation for paying bribes to secure overseas contracts and says it’s cooperating and turning over evidence from an internal investigation. But judges have stymied the company’s efforts to cut off brokers who it suspects have facilitated questionable payments.

Court says planemaker failed to prove corruption by partners, as a result, Airbus faces court orders to pay intermediaries.

Read entire article To Pay or Not to Pay: Airbus Faces Dilemma as Bribery Probes Loom | Bloomberg Technology

Huawei’s China consumer sales head detained in corruption probe

Huawei Technologies Co., China’s biggest maker of smartphones, said the head of sales for its domestic consumer business has been detained in a corruption investigation.

Police have taken immediate action on Teng Hongfei on “suspicion of taking bribes,” the Shenzhen-based company said in a statement Wednesday. Teng ran Chinese consumer sales for the company, which over the past year rose to No. 1 in smartphones at home and No. 3 globally to become a major rival to Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.
Huawei is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company. It is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in China.
The arrest is a blow to one of China’s biggest closely-held technology companies, the largest of a coterie of Chinese smartphone makers that have grabbed global market share via affordable phones with premium specifications. It debuted its Mate 10 right around the time Apple took the lid off the iPhone X. The company, which says it’s controlled by employees, was founded by former army engineer Ren Zhengfei and is considered to have strong government relations.

The authorities are investigating the matter, and we defer to their discretion as to what can be disclosed,” Huawei said. “We take our business ethics extremely seriously, and have zero tolerance for corrupt behavior.

“We take our business ethics extremely seriously, and have zero tolerance for corrupt behavior.” – Huawei

Read complete article Huawei’s China Consumer Sales Head Detained in Corruption Probe | Bloomberg

Apple named China’s greenest supply chain

Apple has been named as China’s greenest supply chain, followed by fellow tech giant Dell, and apparel specialist Levi’s.

The ranking comes from environmentally-focused Chinese NGO the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), which reports on efforts in reducing the environmental impact of our supply chain in China.

It has released findings from its index rating the performance of around 250 brands across 14 industries in terms of how they manage environmental performance in their supply chain in China.

The index takes into account a number of factors, including ‘Responsiveness and Transparency’, ‘Compliance and Corrective Actions’, and ‘Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction’.

In its score out of 100, Apple received a leading result of 82.5, with Dell receiving a score of 81.

Read complete article Apple named China’s greenest supply chain | SupplyChainDigital

Uber is facing bribery questions in at least five Asian countries

Lawyers are focused on suspicious activity in at least five Asian countries: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea

Uber, facing a federal probe into whether it broke laws against overseas bribery, has embarked on a review of its Asia operations and notified US officials about payments made by staff in Indonesia, people with knowledge of the matter said.

As the Justice Department looks into a possible criminal case, Uber is working with law firm O’Melveny & Myers to examine records of foreign payments and interview employees, raising questions about why some potentially problematic business dealings weren’t disclosed sooner, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private.

Justice Department looks into a possible criminal case


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Lawyers are focused on suspicious activity in at least five Asian countries: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea. For instance, Uber’s law firm is reviewing a web of financial arrangements tied to the Malaysian government that may have influenced lawmakers there, the people said.

Uber said it’s cooperating with investigators but declined to comment further. Wyn Hornbuckle, a Justice Department spokesman, declined to comment.

Late last year, Uber had a run-in with Indonesia police over the location of an office in Jakarta providing support to local drivers, people with knowledge of the events said. Police officers said the space was outside city zoning for businesses, so an employee decided to dole out multiple, small payments to police in order to continue operating there, the people said. The transactions showed up on the employee’s expense reports, described as payments to local authorities.

Uber fired the employee, the people said. Alan Jiang, the company’s head of Indonesia business who approved the expense report, was placed on a leave of absence and has since left the company. Jiang didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Read complete article: Uber faces widespread Asia bribery allegations amid US criminal probe | Independent