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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sweet Chilli Chicken/Pork/Beef Noodle Recipe, Random Stuff, and More

This is the latest in my series on quick, easy, and tasty meals:

This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a local fusion restaurant that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipes that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- oyster sauce
- Sambal Oelek chilli sauce (watch out for jars which contain Sodium benzoate which has been known to cause sleeplessness and other problems in some circumstances)
- soy sauce
- Pun Chun Chilli sauce (optional)(or something that tastes similar. This is generally more sour then other Chilli sauces that you find out there)
- some form of meat such as chicken, pork, beef, etc... (purchase pre-diced, off-cuts, or even minced for quicker preparation time)
- vegetables suitable for stir fry (fresh or pre-cut/diced. The strange thing is that purchasing the pre-cut/diced stuff is actually cheaper and more convenient now)
- sugar
- onion (optional)
- garlic (optional)
- ginger (optional)
- noodles (wheat based)
Coat meat with bicarbonate soda if desired (meat tenderiser. This step is not required at all if meat is diced into small enough pieces and cooked well) and then wash off in cold water. Marinade meat in corn flour, egg, salt, pepper (optional step). Brown off onion, garlic, and ginger (optional) with a little bit of oil. Fry off meat in same pan. Create sauce by using soy sauce, oyster sauce, Sambal Oelek, Pun Chun chilli sauce (optional), sugar and add to pan (add water to mixture if it reduces too far over time). Add vegetables. Add noodles and toss everything through sauce while everything cooks through.

Random Stuff:
- as usual thanks to all of the individuals and groups who purchase and use my goods and services
- animal news
Cows - farming and the meat and dairy industry _ DW Documentary
- latest in defense
Tunnels, guns & abandoned tanks - Russia’s MoD share video of ISIS stronghold in Deir ez-Zor
Japan's atom-bomb survivors reflect on legacy
War waste – a ticking bomb for the environment _ DW Documentary
‘We will retaliate to Washington’s pressure’ - North Korean diplomat on sanctions
Nigeria - Boko Haram increasingly exploiting poor children for suicide attacks
The Stream - Who will save the Rohingya
F-35 and SU-57 computer questions
- latest in science and technology
Deadly bacteria and the pharmaceutical industry _ DW Documentary
The VW emissions scandal – past, present and future _ DW Documentary
Epilepsy drug scandal in France _ DW Documentary
- latest in finance and politics
CrossTalk Bullhorns - Free Fall
CrossTalk on North Korea - DOUBLE FREEZE
Keiser Report -  RIP, Petrodollar (E1121)
BRICS Talk 2017 with Peter Lavelle
India's Slumdog Press - 101 East
Keiser Report - Social Media Making Hillary Great Again (E1120)
Inside Story - What influence do BRICS nations have
Inside Story - What to do about North Korea
What's behind world's recent extreme weather events - Inside Story
Is dialogue still possible to end Gulf dispute - Inside Story
Brazil - Media, monopolies and political manipulations - Listening Post
N Korea unfazed by talks of increasing sanctions - Counting the Cost
Delcy Rodriguez - No humanitarian crisis in Venezuela - Talk to Al Jazeera
What's Myanmar's government doing to end the Rohingya crisis - Inside Story
The Stream - Who will save the Rohingya
What's Myanmar's government doing to end the Rohingya crisis
The Stream - Should Guatemala strip President Morales of immunity
Inside Story - What's the fallout from scrapping DACA
'West wants to see Middle East divided' - Hezbollah co-leader (EXCLUSIVE)
McDonald's workers launch first strike in UK

Random Quotes:
- Endpoint security software vendor Carbon Black has been found to be exfiltrating data from several Fortune 1000 companies due to the architecture of its Cb Response software, the information security services and managed services provider DirectDefense claims.

A blog post written by its president, Jim Broome, described the Cb Response software as "the world’s largest pay-for-play data exfiltration botnet".

He claimed that experts in his company had been able to rec cover the following kinds of information pertaining to Fortune 1000 companies:

    Cloud keys (AWS, Azure, Google Compute) – which can provide access to all cloud resources;
    App store keys (Google Play Store, Apple App Store) – which can be used to upload rogue applications that will be updated in place;
    Internal usernames, passwords, and network intelligence;
    Communications infrastructure (Slack, HipChat, SharePoint, Box, Dropbox, etc.);
    Single sign-on/two factor keys;
    Customer data; and
    Proprietary internal applications (custom algorithms, trade secrets).

Broome said that the leaked data existed primarily around a number of executable formats. "We haven’t seen evidence of this in documents or PDFs yet. However, if handled incorrectly, even executables can easily contain serious data leakage of information that can be hazardous to a company’s security posture."

Carbon Black, formerly Bit9, provides a whitelisting solution in the Cb Response software. The software connects to endpoints and checks files, using a cloud look-up service to do the work due to the sheer number of files that need to be checked.

Broome said there was a problem in this methodology because "without a large sample set to determine what was good or bad already available to their users, Carbon Black deferred the decision to a cloud-based multiscanner service".

"Ultimately Carbon Black would have a bunch of anti-virus solutions decide which files were bad, and remove the offending file from the set of things customers could whitelist," Broome said. 

"This worked well for their customers, but it brought a new wrinkle into the equation. What about the good files that haven’t been seen on the cloud-based multiscanner? The answer was obvious. The files must be uploaded, have all the A-V engines scan them, and then use those scores. So, Carbon Black began uploading files from their customers to their cloud, and from their cloud to the multiscanner solution."

Cloud-based multiscanners are operated as a for-profit business and allow access to anyone who paid the requisite fee.

"Access to these tools includes access to the files submitted to the multiscanner corpus (it’s hard to analyse malware that you don’t have)," Broome wrote.

"This means that files uploaded by Cb Response customers first go to Carbon Black (or their local Carbon Black server instance), but then are immediately forwarded to a cloud-based multiscanner, where they are dutifully spread to anyone who wants them and is willing to pay."

He said the amount of data available on the multiscanner could be gauged from Carbon Black's statement that by the end of 2015 it had sold more than seven million software licences and had about 2000 customers worldwide.

Explaining the operation that was causing so many files to be available on the multiscanner, Broome said when a new file appeared on a protected endpoint, a cryptographic hash was calculated. 

"This hash is then used to look up the file in Carbon Black’s cloud. If Carbon Black has a score for this file, it gives the existing score, but if no entry exists, it requests an upload of the file. Since Carbon Black doesn’t know if this previously unseen file is good or bad, it then sends the file to a secondary cloud-based multiscanner for scoring. This means that all new files are uploaded to Carbon Black at least once."

He said his staff had stumbled across the vulnerability while analysing potential malware and utilising the analyst interface of a large cloud-based multiscanner to do so.

A useful feature of this multiscanner was that it allowed searching for similar malware to get some context. "..,in doing so, we stumbled across a couple of files that were very different. These seemed to be internal applications from a very large (and completely unrelated to our original customer) telecommunications equipment vendor.

"After determining they were unrelated, we became curious about how such files could have gotten up onto the multiscanner corpus to begin with."

Broome said all the other files were discovered to have been uploaded by a similar uploader which was obscured behind an API key.

"By doing some research, we determined that this is the primary key for uploading files by Carbon Black for Cb Response. By searching for similar uploads from this key, we found hundreds of thousands of files comprising terabytes of data. We started downloading some of these and digging a little deeper," he said.

"We downloaded about 100 files (we found JAR files and script files to be the easiest to analyse by script), and ran these files through some simple pattern matching. When we got hits, we’d try to extrapolate where they came from. We were not trying to be exhaustive in analysis, and only repeated this operation a few times to see if it still held true."

Broome said his staff had found files from a large streaming media company, a social media company, a financial services company.

In response, Carbon Black's chief technology officer Michael Viscuso said DirectDefense was wrong to say there was an architectural flaw in Cb Response that leaked customer data.

"In fact, this is an optional feature (turned off by default) to allow customers to share information with external sources for additional ability to detect threats," he said.

To this, DirectDefense responded by stating that while the setting was off by default, "the recommendations or messaging from Carbon Black’s professional services team during the course of installing the product is to turn this feature on to help accelerate the analysis of the file scans".
- Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel is pushing ahead with a project to build a giant underground wall around the Gaza Strip to block tunnels that could be used for attacks, the army said on Thursday.

The project comes after the government faced heavy criticism over Hamas's use of tunnels in the 2014 Gaza war, with a state inquiry earlier this year accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and army top brass of having been unprepared for the threat.

"In the coming months, we are going to accelerate the construction of the barrier," Major General Eyal Zamir told journalists.

"We hope that construction will be complete in two years."

Army radio reported that the wall, comprising concrete planks and sensors, will stretch some 64 kilometres (40 miles).

It is expected to be some six metres (20 feet) high and 40 metres (130 feet) deep, and cost around three billion shekels (710 million euros, $834 million).

It will also include an offshore barrier intended to stop sea-based commando attacks.

Construction Minister Yoav Galant, also a former military commander, said the wall will be built in Israeli territory parallel to the border fence sealing off the Palestinian enclave run by Islamist movement Hamas.

"The fact that the work will be located in our sovereign territory rules out any justification for attacks against those working there," Galant told army radio.

A military official made similar comments to AFP on condition of anonymity, saying "the barrier's purpose is defensive only."

The army also distributed photographs of what it said were two civilian buildings in the north of the Gaza Strip with tunnel entrances within.

Zamir said that "Hamas is digging tunnels under civilian homes in the Gaza Strip and will be held responsible if we are forced to attack targets," he said.

"Residents must understand that we consider those buildings as legitimate targets and that those who live there are putting their lives in danger."

Attack tunnels were a key weapon for Hamas during the 2014 Gaza war.

Hamas also built a vast network of tunnels under Gaza's border with Egypt to smuggle goods and allegedly weapons.

The Israeli army found and destroyed several tunnels during the 2014 war, while Egypt has also destroyed smuggling tunnels.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars in the Gaza Strip since the group wrested control of the territory from the rival Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in 2007.

Destroying the tunnels and stopping Gaza-based Palestinian militants, particularly Hamas, from launching rockets into Israel were the key declared goals of Israel's 2014 offensive.

The war killed 2,251 Palestinians and left 100,000 homeless, according to the United Nations.

On the Israeli side, 74 people were killed, all but six of them soldiers.
- Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish authorities on Thursday detained a Russian suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group for allegedly plotting a drone attack on an American warplane at a US base in southern Turkey.

State-run Anadolu news agency said that Renat Bakiev is accused of seeking to stage an attack at "the Incirlik airbase or a plane stationed there".

Quoting local police, it said that "for this purpose, he worked to obtain a drone".

Dogan news agency added that Bakiev is suspected of seeking to "stage a bomb attack aiming to bring down a US plane using a drone" at the Incirlik airbase.

He allegedly carried out reconnaissance work for the plot, both reports said, without giving further details on how the plan would have been put in place.

Anadolu further reported the suspect had asked fellow IS members through the Telegram messaging app for 2,800 lira ($790) in order to buy the drone.
- The supply agreement will be Japan's first military aid deal since lawmakers scrapped a rule in June barring giveaways of surplus military kit to other countries.

"We are looking at what we will do with our spare parts, but have nothing concrete we can discuss," said a spokesman for the procurement agency of Japan's defense ministry.

"In order to strengthen national security we want to push ahead with defense equipment cooperation."

Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam have already asked about taking Japan's submarine-hunting P3-C maritime patrol aircraft, made by Lockheed Martin Corp, as they are replaced by Kawasaki Heavy Industries P-1 planes, two of the sources said.

"There has been some preliminary discussion," said one of the sources. 
- Argentina has grounded all the fighter jets in its air force - meaning it is being defended by just a few dozen propeller fighters first built in the 1970s.

Thirty-five years after the country's military invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, the economically beleaguered South American republic now has a worse air force than it did under dictator Leopoldo Galtieri in 1982.

It was confirmed that all of its Lockheed Martin A-4AR Skyhawk jets - which are adaptations of the 1956 fighters it used in the Falklands War - had been grounded as the air force's working hours are cut to five hours a day while staff are set to stop working on Mondays and Tuesday.
- That is what links Turkey, Poland, and Hungary now with Venezuela and Russia, when they still held genuine elections. Attacks on democracy have been carried out by democratically elected leaders, in a toxic combination of populism and crude majoritarianism. The diminishing of democracy is presented as precisely the opposite, because it has the support of a significant majority.
- Washington uses the usual tools — sanctions and bombs — to enforce dollar-denominated global trade and energy trade. China has counter-attacked with everything from the biggest "win-win" trade/ infrastructure project of the 21st century — the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — to buying energy in yuan; call it a mighty counterpunch against the infernal US debt machine. Russia for its part has fully re-emerged as a prime geopolitical/military power.

The Brzezinski doctrine — to prevent the emergence of any peer competitor, not to mention an alliance of peer competitors such as the Russia-China strategic partnership — is collapsing all over. Nuclear North Korea is just the latest visible sign of the collapse. It's as if with voting in favor of the latest sanctions package at the UNSC, Russia-China have allowed a double dare (and they sure knew in advance the rhetorical war would escalate).

The cumulative effect, for all the world to see, is Washington regime change obsession (Iran, Venezuela, etc.) and illegal trade sanctions (Russia, Iran, North Korea, etc.) run amok, while Russia-China subtly keep undermining both Washington's supply chain — as in dollar debt — and military enforcement (bomb North Korea if you dare). So it's no wonder Russia-China, as far as the North Korea drama is concerned, are all for diplomacy, while the exceptionalist US deep state craves war. 
- Donald Trump loves to play golf.

So far, he has teed off twice as many times as Barack Obama had at the same point in his term. Indeed, Trump has spent as much as 20 percent of his presidency at various golf clubs. This despite the criticism Trump leveled against Obama for playing golf too much and his promise to stay away from the links if he became president. On the other hand, given the traditional association of golf and the Oval Office, Trump’s golfing “may be the most presidential, possibly the only presidential, thing he’s done so far,” sports writer Robert Lipsyte writes in TomDispatch.
- Seoul (South Korea) (AFP) - A South Korean elementary school whose name means "shit" has decided to adopt a more fragrant moniker, school officials said Friday.

Many Korean names and words are based on Chinese characters, so when rendered in the Hangul alphabet they can have the same spelling, but multiple meanings.

The unfortunate consequence for the Daebyun Elementary School in Busan is that human faeces are the first thing that come to mind when Koreans hear its name.

"Are you from Poop School?" was a typical taunt students and former pupils have endured for 55 years, reports said.

They have mounted a campaign to change the name, gathering more than 4,000 signatures since April, a school official who declined to give her name told AFP.

"We want to have a pretty school name," read a banner put up on the school wall by the students and their parents.

A school committee will choose among three options next week and submit a request to local authorities to change the name, she said, with permission expected to be granted from the spring term next year.

One of them, Haeparang or sea waves, would flush away the stench of the past, while the other two are geographically based.

Cheesy Tomato Based Pasta Recipe, Adding Subtitles to Video Files, and More

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