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Security: Supermicro, Alastair MacGibbon, Ransom for Bitcoins

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  • Supermicro ditching Chinese boards due to 'spying fears'

    The hardware company at the heart of a Bloomberg story, that claimed its supply chain had been compromised by agents in China in a bid to spy on some customers, is reportedly asking its suppliers to move manufacturing out of Beijing.

    A Nikkei report said server maker Supermicro Computer had issued the advice in a bid to address American customers' concerns about the risks of cyber spying. Supermicro earns more than 60% of its revenue in America.

    The move appears to be driven more by the trade tensions between the US and China. Last year, Supermicro used Chinese-made motherboards in less than half the 1.55 million servers it shipped, compared to more than 90% in 2017, according to Betty Shyu, a server analyst at Taipei-based Digitimes.

    The Bloomberg story, published in April last year, claimed that the supply chain manipulation had been done by implanting chips on mainboards made for it by a Chinese supplier.

  • Cyber security chief MacGibbon quits, set to enter private sector

    The head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Alastair MacGibbon, has handed in his resignation a fortnight before the nation goes to the polls.

    His leaving is apparently driven by a desire to capitalise on the growing market for cyber security specialists in the private sector.

  • Hackers Are Deleting Git Repos And Holding Code Ransom For Bitcoins

    Git hosting services like GitHub, Bitbucket, and GitLab are under ransom attack where hundreds of Git source code repositories have been wiped out and replaced with a ransom demand by attackers.

    The mysterious hackers have launched a coordinated attack across multiple Git repository platforms. It is unclear how this level of attack took place, but a ransom note left behind asks for a payment of 0.1 Bitcoin (around $570) in exchange for releasing the codes.

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