Chips need to be replaced: Two major flaws in computer chips could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns, researchers revealed Wednesday. And a U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to completely fix the problems. The flaws could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer, researchers found. Read more HERE and HERE.
A bomb threat and a storm: Sanderson Farms is managing separate situations at two of its plants with workers at a Texas facility now back on the job after a bomb threat, and workers in North Carolina at home because of a massive East Coast storm. READ MORE
Threat to contaminate Cokes with acid: Coca-Cola and Delta have withdrawn drinks in Greece after a threat was made to contaminate them with hydrochloric acid. Supermarkets that stock the product were told to remove the product from their shelves. The organization responsible for the threat said it had injected the products with the acid and would replace them on store shelves between Dec. 20-24 in supermarkets in Athens and Thessaloniki. A police investigation is ongoing. READ MORE
Bad review may have led to killing: A Connecticut restaurant manager fatally shoot a fry cook after an argument, arrest warrants for the suspect and his girlfriend show. There was an ongoing dispute between the the manager, his girlfriend and the victim, and police said recent negative reviews of Bonchon Chicken on Yelp “could have been a culminating factor” in the fatal shooting, a police spokesman said. READ MORE
Sugar additive may have allowed bacteria to become more virulent: Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food products, scientists say. Trehalose, a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new study finds. READ MORE
Listeriosis in South Africa: More than 700 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported in an outbreak in South Africa, including 61 deaths. Whole genome sequencing shows that 85 percent of cases are from the same strain of Listeria, suggesting a single source for the contamination—either a single widely consumed product, or multiple products made at the same facility. READ MORE
And salmonellosis in Australia: Confirmed cases of salmonellosis linked to a South Australian bakery have climbed to 35 with more expected as tests continue. Nine people, including two children, have been hospitalized after eating products from the Gawler South bakery. The source of the contamination had been linked to sandwiches, wraps, rolls and focaccias with chicken and other fillings. READ MORE
These robots may take service jobs: A Korean tech giant on Thursday announced new robots that take aim squarely at the jobs of many services industry workers around the globe. South Korean giant LG Electronics said it would showcase three new “concept robots” at the global consumer electronics show, CES, in Las Vegas next week. The robots are designed for commercial use at hotels, airports and supermarkets, according to the company. READ MORE