Bloomberg claims that Chinese manufacturers have implanted tiny spy chips into many of our computer systems. Apple, Amazon and others strenuously deny this. Who’s telling the truth? In today’s show, I’ll cover both sides of this story, discuss the various ways in which our global manufacturing and supply chain systems could be compromised, and delve into the several deeper considerations for these sorts of stories.

In other news, Facebook has lowered its estimate of the number of users affected by the recent breach to a mere 29 million, Google has shuttered its flagging Google+ service after news of a breach leaked last week, I give you the highlights of my 320-page LexisNexis dossier, and finally I give you several tips for patching holes in your defenses in honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. 

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Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.