Thursday, February 19, 2015

Malware from Lenovo

The PC manufacturer from China, Lenovo, is apparently installing malware on laptops that it sells. The malware is called Superfish, and it uses a man in the middle attack to compromise the digital certificates on the browser in order for it to serve ads.

more here, here and here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yet Another Food Scandal in China

Another day, another food scandal iN China. McDonald's and Yum Brands (Burger King) will stop buying meat products from Shanghai Husi Food Company, which was caught selling chicken and beef past their sell-by date.

Update: McDonald's Japan, KFC, Papa John's and Starbucks China also said they stopped sourcing meat products from Shanghai Husi due to its practice of selling expired meat.

[source, source 2, source 3]

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Deadly Vaccines

A Chinese drug company, Shenzhen Kangtai, is under investigation following the deaths of 8 babies who received Hepatitis B vaccines made by the company.

The latest scandal is reminiscent of the melamine-laced infant formula in 2011.

[sources 1, 2]

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Smog Makes People Funnier

Smog makes people funnier. At least that's one of the sunny spin being taken by the Chinese propaganda machine, aka CCTV, on China's worsening smog problem - which now has spread to Shanghai after blanketing the capital in gray cloud.

CCTV also cited the following as "benefits" of the smog:
  • It unifies the Chinese people.
  • It makes China more equal.
  • It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China's economic development.
  • It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology and the English word 'haze')

The level of PM2.5 particulate in Shanghai reached 406. The World Health Organization recommends a level of 20 as safe, and any reading above 300 is deemed hazardous.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Dirtiest Pools in the World are in China

The crowded public pools in China are considered the dirtiest. A study of more than 5,600 swimming pools in 24 provinces found out that:

  • Ten percent of them have high levels of urea (therefore, urine),
  • the total percentage of bacteria in the swimming pool can reach 92.3 percent and E. Coli can reach 96.9 %
In 2008, a man died and more than 3,000 fell sick after ingesting fecal matter-laced pool water from the Mao Mao Municipal Pool in Beijing. 

sources: 1, 2