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Bruno Latour zombies

This post is about a year late because the book “An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns” by Bruno Latour was published a year ago, but history in non-linear and I am just reading it now. It’s so unbelievably on point, I nearly shit myself when I read part of chapter 4 today, pages 116-117:

we see the emergence of that strange artifact of matter, RES EXTENSA-COGITANS, this world of displacements without transformation, of strict linkages of causes and effects, of transports of indisputable necessities. The fact that this world is impossible and so opposed to experience will not be held against it; on the contrary, that it is contrary to experience proves its reality. In the grip of such a contradiction, Reason herself cannot help but cry out: “Credo quia absurdum!” “I believe because it is absurd.”

and

No one believes himself to be a realist — not among the Moderns, at least — if he is not a “materialist” in the sense in which we have just defined the term, if he does not believe that everything visible that exists is forever carved out of the unique fabric of “knowability” — a composite and toxic product that does not even have the advantage of ensuring knowledge for us, since it is as far removed from the networks of reference as it is from the paths of existence that allow beings to continue existing. As if all the objects of the world had been transfused and turned into something like zombies.

and

How could scientists allow notions to be developed that would no longer make it possible to equip the paths of knowledge with all their heavy apparatus of forms and instruments? How could they not be the first to make sure that the conditions have all come together to capture the rare events called discoveries? It isn’t done by corresponding with zombies, this much they know perfectly well.

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See the book’s website at modesofexistence.org and see also a blog of chapter summaries: “AIME Research Group“. And also prior ZombieLaw references to Bruno Latour.

Trololo to nowhere: 1000th ZombieLaw post – nominate this blog and buy a book!

According to the WordPress statistics for this site, this is my 1000th post on this blog. I have no way to confirm that so we’ll have to trust WordPress. Thank you to my readers. I am really not sure why I keep doing this project but your retweets really do keep me warm at night, metaphorically.

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If you enjoy this blog, please consider nominating it for recognition in this year’s ABA Journal Blawg 100. PLEASE!!! It was a truly high honor to be included in their 2012 list and it would really mean a lot to me if ZombieLaw was re-included on that list.
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I’m not holding my breath, 2012 was a peak year for zombies. Still, 2014 has seen many exciting uses of the word in law and politics. There have been many mentions from legislators in Congress and state governments (Florida emergency gun carry bill, NY abandoned property bill, and in one week: a “zombie” Senator, two “zombie” Congressmen and Bill Clinton “walking dead”.).

This blog can get disorganized as I chase the zombies into nearly every corner of the media world. But, as the ABA writes:

There is no specific criteria that a blogger can meet to be guaranteed a spot on the Blawg 100. And we think our list would suffer if there were. A blog’s whole can be greater than the sum of its parts, and a blog that never fails to post that daily update, has a beautiful design and an unwavering topical focus can very often have less of an impact than another blog that is less consistent on all fronts.

It’s funny because on the one hand ZombieLaw has an “unwavering topical focus” but because of the diverse usage of “zombie” this blog covers an very extensive array of topics. I ignore most of the news about movies and television and video games except when they seem significant for the culture. Still, there seem no end of the legal and political topics that this word connects to, for example: real estate, criminal, medications, social security, banking, hacking, protests, corporations, politics, economics and belief-systems generally.

This site would surely benefit from a social media designer and brand consultant. ZombieLaw suffers from a variety of brand problems, many of which were intentional choices to evoke a “zombie” blog aesthetic; zombie eschew individuality. But, as I reach this 1000th post it occurs to me that individuality is unavoidable. Existence precedes the essence but essence reifies through existence.

Yes my grammar is sometimes terrible (Cf. Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” via Volokh).

The internet is a giant language game but it is also content driven. See Digital Journal: “Op-Ed: How good content can improve your company’s brand” by Elizabeth Brown

Content should never read as if written by zombie grotesques trapped in an office cubicle.

Consider this recent report from Popular Science: “Associated Press Will Use Robots to Write Articles” by Francie Diep. Doesn’t robot journalism sound a bit “zombie grotesques”? Recall the word “grotesque” from “Winesburg, Ohio” (AmLit Zombies), to refer to anyone who focuses their life on a single truth; it becomes a falsehood.

Recall “zombie lies“, a favorite phrase of NYTimes columnist and CUNY Professor Paul Krugman. And last Friday, Bill Maher ranted about “Zombie Lies” on his show “Real Time” (see video clip from HBO via MediaIte: “Maher: GOP, Fox Refuse to Stop Telling ‘Zombie Lies’ About Obama” by Josh Feldman). Who knows what’s real anymore; it’s popular so it’s real?

See also Slate: “The Real Difference Between Robots and Human Journalists Isn’t Writing Ability” by Will Oremus:

it still takes a human to situate those sorts of insights in the context of broader trends, current controversies, and ongoing narratives.

Recently I have been tweeting more “zombie” quotes than I have time to write blog entries. So if you are not following the @LawZombie twitter feed you are missing a considerable portion of my current zombie hunting efforts. I do try to blog what I feel is important but I can’t keep up with the sheer volume of interesting “zombie” references and so tweeting quotes is better than nothing … right? Sometimes I wish I had an algorithm that could tweet the quotes for me, but I do still exercise a fair degree of choice when I decide which quotes seem worthy of tweeting. I am not exactly sure how I decide which stories I am most motivated to write about.

Also, if I could make a zombie portrait for every writer who uses the word I would, but there is nowhere near enough time for that. I never imagined zombie portraits would become such an important part of this blog, but many people seem to really enjoy them. I have compiled most of the ZombieLaw zombie portraits on a Pinterest page.

Some people find this form of satire art to be offensive trolling. There is a fine line between critical commentary and useless speech, as we have seen recently with the zombie Obama Presidential Library float at the July 4th parade in Nebraska. I haven’t had time to write a blog about that incident yet, but I plan to because offensive symbols and free expression are important zombie themes (and racism).

Federal Judge Richard G. Kopf is also from Nebraska. He writes the blog Hercules and the Umpire and has come under fire for his blogging. At Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy: “A judge who should heed his own advice” by Jonathan Adler, quotes UC Irvine’s Rick Hasen:

Look, blogging is not for everyone, and I respectfully suggest that Judge Kopf either stop blogging or retire from the bench.

Thankfully Judge Kopf has not succumb to his critics and his thoughts continue to see light of internet. He posted a response entitled: “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” (with footnote about the uncertain attribution of that quote to Plato) in which the Judge notes:

A federal district judge from another district encouraged me to “keep it up” but “tone it down.”

I hate that expression because tone refers to color and anyone telling you to change your tone is effectively telling you to change your color. This offends me as an artist but also strikes me as akin to racism. The tone of my communication is my cultural legacy. A toned down zombie just looks tired, sick or drugged. Federal judges should not fear a fuller expression of their personal tone; that is the reason we give them lifetime tenure, we want them to feel free to speak freely, all the better that we understand their rationale so that we can lobby our legislatures to write laws that they will understand. Judge Kopf’s rationale:

The implicit assumption of the thoughtful lawyer who wrote me is that mystery and mythology are better for the legal profession and the judiciary than transparency, particularly when the transparency revealed is raw.

Hercules is myth, zombies are myth, robots are myth, law is myth, and yet they are all real. Their realities beg for expression and the fact that they are myth is best served by not hiding that fact. Law professors play “hide the ball” for pedagogic purpose, judges shouldn’t. Judges should be honest.

But see “Essay: Hide the Ball” by Pierre Schlag:

for those who are engaged in “doing law,” it is important to maintain at least the appearance of confidence and conviction, the trappings of belief.

once the facade is dropped, the bewildering array of possible legal meanings can prompt an interesting question: Just what are these authoritative legal sources that can serve as hosts to such a wide assortment of conflicting legal meanings? Just what are they?

And that is precisely it, we should want to know just who are these federal judges. So as long as we are talking about Federal Judges and robots, let’s shout out to Judge Evan J. Wallach of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit who is also an expert in the law of autonomous machines for war and 21st century chivalry. War machines (nano-drones?) that will be programmed so that they cannot possibly commit war crimes; robo-cops that will only injure their targets and then transfomers-convert-themselves into medical transportation for the prisoners. Plus with real-time reporting so the Associated Press robot journalists can immediately push out the propaganda official facts.

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Official fact: This blog has reached 1000 posts.

Or maybe I should just quit blogging now and apply for a job at “Six Flags: Calling all zombies!,” Brett Bodner explains the Six Flags amusement park is hiring 200 actors to portray zombies for this year’s upcoming Fright Fest.

Better yet, you could all buy a Zombie Law casebook? In honor of this 1000th post I have reduced the price substantially (price drop from $66.00 to $39.99 – price drop already visible on the CreateSpace page, should update at Amazon soon). It’s a big book full of real U.S. case law of the word “zombie”, organized by theme.

There are also still Zombie-Brain USB Flash Drives available. Again to honor this 1000th post I’ve dropped the price (was 19.99 now 13.99). It’s summer in the city and zombie needs some spending cash… keep me warm at night, support this ZombieLaw art , buy a book! (and retweet!)

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it’s been a roller coaster —

THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED READING!

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de-zombification of zombie banks

From Reuters column: “Banco Espirito Santo and bail-ins” by James Saft:

The resolution of BES, should it prove necessary, might bring other benefits. Guntram Wolff, a director at European think tank Breugel, argues that it might ultimately lead to ‘de-zombification‘ in Portugal. Zombie banks are those impaired enough that their energies are used in keeping themselves upright rather than in playing their role within the economy.

National authorities, notably Japan in the past, often abet zombie banks as the easier course, but doing so can leave the rest of the economy without the credit it needs to recover.

Given the euro zone’s dependence on bank financing rather than capital markets, this is no small issue. If zombie banks are allowed to fail, ultimately credit flows improve, perhaps both in volume and impact.

Note incidentally, last week in The Desert Sun: “Is U.S. in Danger of Replicating Japan’s Zombie Economy?” by Morris Beschloss.

Saft’s reference to Guntram Wolff was yesterday published in Bruegel: “Three questions on the Banco Espírito Santo case for banking union“:

how much will the BES case affect economic growth of Portugal? Hopes are it will be an instance of de-zombification, which improves growth prospects, but negative market reactions and spreading contagion could undermine growth instead, at least in the short run.

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Wolff’s article hyperlinks the word “de-zombification” to another Bruegel article about “zombie banks” from last month: “The ECB’s bank review: Kill the Zombies and heal the wounded” by Ajai Chopra and Nicolas Véron.

There have been many ZombieLaw posts about “zombie banks” and it is particularly humorous to note that this story is about a bank named ‘Espirito’ (zombie spirits?).

See also ZombieLaw links to more Reuters zombies.

Knaubert v. Last Forced Medication Committee

Last week, July 8th, this Order was issued by Senior District Judge Stephen M. McNamee, of the United States District Court, for the District of Arizona, in the case of:

Michael Knaubert, Plaintiff,
v.
Last Forced Medication Committee, Defendant.
No. CV 14-0158-PHX-SMM (SPL)
.

On January 27, 2014, Plaintiff Michael Knaubert, who is confined in the Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman, filed a pro se civil rights Complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983

In his five-count First Amended Complaint, Plaintiff names the following Defendants: Mertz, a mental health psych associate at SMU-1 and Eyman Complex-Cook; and John Does 1 through 9, all listed as “pychrist (sic) mental health” or “mental health psychrist (sic)” at SMU-1. Plaintiff seeks damages.

In Count One, Plaintiff asserts a claim of retaliation and alleges the following facts: Defendant Mertz knew Plaintiff “was there for admin p[u]rpose and not for mental health.” Mertz was apparently caught falsifying paperwork and was “removed from his case load.” Mertz said, “I will put you in for forced medication” and refused to say on what grounds. Mertz was almost fired and given a second chance before “putting in for forced medication meds turned [Plaintiff] into a zombie.” Plaintiff was “there” until housing could be found for him. Plaintiff’s injuries consist of a delay of his filings in state courts, he was “put into binds,” and costs of over $100.00.

In Count Three, Plaintiff asserts a medical care claim and alleges the following: Plaintiff was given medication “for a problem that does not exist.” It turned Plaintiff into a zombie and he could barely think for himself.

Responding to Count One, Judge McNamee writes:

The only mention of Mertz is in Count One, which Plaintiff designates as a retaliation claim. However, it is unclear how Mertz or anyone else retaliated against Plaintiff. Plaintiff alleges that Mertz knew Plaintiff “was there for admin p[u]rpose and not for mental health,” but Plaintiff does not explain what this means. Plaintiff alleges that Mertz was “caught for false paperwork lying had him removed from his case load,” but these vague allegations are also unclear. Finally, Plaintiff alleges that Mertz said, “I will put you in for forced medication” and that Mertz was almost fired and given a second chance before “putting in for forced medication meds turned [Plaintiff] into a zombie.”

It appears that Plaintiff may be asserting that he reported Mertz for some alleged misconduct and that Mertz retaliated by recommending that Plaintiff receive medications by force, but none of that is clear from the allegations. As noted, conclusory and vague allegations will not support a cause of action. Ivey, 673 F.2d at 268. Nor will the Court supply essential elements of the claim that were not initially pled. Id. Accordingly, Defendant Mertz and Count One will be dismissed.

Because Plaintiff has failed to connect a properly named Defendant with any alleged violation of his constitutional rights, his First Amended Complaint will be dismissed.

The Court dismissed the rest for failing to state a claim but granted leave to amend. If it’s not corrected it could count as a strike against him for future pleadings:

if Plaintiff fails to file a second amended complaint correcting the deficiencies identified in this Order, the dismissal may count as a “strike” under the “3-strikes” provision of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).

fear for the freaks

WorldNetDaily: “When smart technology is dumb” by Patrice Lewis (see also her blog Rural-Revolution):

OK, I confess: I’m a Luddite

We are drowning in information, yet our young people cannot think, reason, or make logical conclusions.

A bunch of tech-addicted zombies walking off cliffs and into walls because they’re too dumb to look up from their tiny little screens.

now addicted parents are engaged in turning their own children into zombies. Wheee!

a population that can’t glance up from a miniature screen long enough to notice political scandals or the erosion of our constitutional rights won’t even notice when they’ve transitioned from free American citizen into zombie drone. They’ll vote for whatever politician promises them their next electronic fix.

The government doesn’t want smart people. It wants dumb slaves

I don’t think that’s quite right to blame the government except that it’s the people, by the people, for the people. And in that sense perhaps it is us, we want to be dumb slaves.

See GossipCop: “Kanye West “Inspects” Kim Kardashian’s “Body Once A Week For Imperfections”?!“:

OK! magazine claims to have “freakish details” of what Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s “marriage is like behind-closed doors.”

according to the outlet, West “has developed an unhealthy obsession” with his new wife’s looks, and his supposed controlling ways have turned Kardashian “into a zombie bride.”

The GossipCop article doesn’t link to any OK!magazine article and this article “Is Kanye West Really That Controlling? Inside Kim and Kanye’s Bizarre Marriage” by OKstaff does not seem to have the word “zombie”, so I am not sure who Shari Weiss was quoting. Still the point is clear, Kardashians are freakish (defined as self-expression to the extreme) and Kardashianism is a kind of zombie (see also “James Patterson Zombie – Foucault author function” and consider author-function in digital identity). Surely we can’t blame West’s OCD, she’s always made herself into this doll-creature, zombie feminism?

Speaking of cult of shoes, remember Imelda? BworldOnline: “Ateneo apologizes for Imelda’s attendance“:

Mrs. Marcos gave a speech and posed for pictures with school administrators, alumni, and students, including five scholar-valedictorians of the university.

The photos then circulated on social media and drew a slew of negative comments from netizens. Jim Ayson said on the Facebook group “#Never Again: No to Dictators, to Martial Law, to a Marcos Return to Power: “Ateneo students with Imelda. May a Zombie Ed [Edgar] Jopson rise from the grave to haunt them.”

Edgar Jopson was an activist student leader from the Ateneo who joined the political underground during martial law and was killed in a military raid in 1982.

Many Filipinos were tortured and killed for their opposition to the conjugal dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos.

I bet Kim and Imelda would get a long famously, they should have tea and do photo-op.

Meanwhile in the New York Observer: “Paterno, Olbermann and Me” by Joe Lapointe:

The Penn State child abuse affair is the nightmare zombie of college football scandals and a troubling memory of my career as a sports writer.

Paterno’s legacy was ruined by an aide who turned out to be a pervert. Three athletic department administrators await trial for allegedly covering up the fact. This zombie still walks.

Be careful who you trust. That includes major institutions, coaches, celebrities and the news media.

It’s not the smart phones we need to worry about, it’s the untrustworthy content. But let’s not vilify West or KK, they are just cogs in a machine of deception, zombies in a system we are all complicit.

Zombie Foreclosure Update

Herald-Tribune: “Turning ‘zombies’ into homes” By Adam Tebrugge:

we are in the midst of an ongoing humanitarian crisis that affects us all. We cannot continue to allow our citizens to sleep in the streets when there are numerous vacant properties throughout the area.

Tebrugge is responding to Josh Salman’s articles on zombie homes and homelessness. Another response letter published by the Herald-Tribune in their “Friday Letters“, sent from Jack Kent:

I would like to applaud Josh Salman for his outstanding article, “Is that a zombie on my block?” The financial meltdown was tragic, but it is appalling that the problem continues to plague us years later. The national banking conglomerates that created the financial meltdown still are not taking effective action to clean up the disaster they created.

Meanwhile in HousingWire: “A response to zombie properties” by Robert Klein blames the court process:

I think that common sense would tell us that the first step should be developing a way to expedite the foreclosure process for homes that have been abandoned.

Ok, but that “common sense” could also do a lot of harm to people who might need the protection of the courts. The assumption that all zombie foreclosures are vacant properties and causing blight is WRONG. This is the RealtyTrac rhetoric incorporated by AG Scheidernman and others but it’s only partially true. Vacant homes are a problem for the neighbors and the community but we could get the owners back in the homes if the banks would negotiate at terms reasonable to the fact that the recession hurt everybody. They got government bailouts and years of low interest rate money. It’s time to help the homeowners, not speed foreclosures. Unless the homeowners are ready to give it up, then quit claims, the banks shouldn’t be allowed to stall, but can’t blame the courts there either.

A similar use of “zombie foreclosure” in Fresno Bee “Real Estate Blog: Few zombie foreclosures in Fresno” by BoNhia Lee also accepts the RealtyTrac definition of zombies as only the vacant properties but note the numbers:

California only had 4,243 vacant houses out of the 50,567 foreclosures statewide.

At the beginning of the foreclosure crisis, homeowners were quick to leave their homes, but many now stay to work with banks on loan modifications

Ok so more are staying but are the banks just delaying? Are they negotiating in good faith or letting the defaulted mortgage debts keep rising as phantom debt that they sell around to unsuspecting buyers. Probably they continue to sell these notes between banks and as bundles of packaged securities with hopes that one day the laws will change and they can actually enforce these junk securities. All of these properties should be considered “zombie foreclosures” and the government should force banks to give these homeowners reductions on principal and interest rate and force the banks to make these defunct mortgages into performing loans at the current market.

Florida accounted for more than one-third of all zombie foreclosures nationwide with 48,630 vacated homes out of its 195,183 foreclosures. New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Ohio rund out the top five.

Even 25% is not the bulk of the foreclosure crisis, and are they all really vacant? Doesn’t everyone leave Florida in the summer? Are some of these second-homes and even so, shouldn’t we want to get homeowners back into them? And also what of all the defaulted debt not now in foreclosure action but with banks lying in wait? We need a registry and some laws that force quit claims and bank responsibility?

Lohud: “Zombie homes continue to gather weeds and community ire” by Barbara Livingston Nackman:

the proposed Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act didn’t make it to discusion in Albany. It will have to wait until January when a new legislative session begins, officials said.

“We are not going to tolerate these ‘zombie‘ properties in our neighborhoods any longer,” added Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, who is particularly pleased that the proposal includes a $1,000-a-day fine to lenders who do not comply with clean-up.

At the Daily News Online: “Editorial: The ‘zombie’ law“:

When the state Legislature reconvenes this fall, one bill it should make sure it acts upon is the so-called “zombie” law. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s proposed law would give municipalities needed tools for dealing with abandoned properties that create problems in neighborhoods across the state.

Mr. Schneiderman’s “zombie” legislation would require lenders to care for the property throughout the foreclosure process. It would create a statewide registry of abandoned properties so local officials have that information, and would also create a toll-free hotline so residents can report suspected vacant properties. Further, it would require that homeowners be notified that they are legally entitled to remain in their homes until ordered to leave by a court.

The New York State Conference of Mayors has come out in support of the legislation.

Long Island Exchange: “Rep. McCarthy and Mayors of Newburgh and Utica Endorse Eric Schneiderman for Re-Election“… obviously…

But let’s see how next legislative session goes before we don him as the next democratic gubernatorial candidate after Hillary taps Andy for veep or secretary something… this Abandoned Property bill (A9341) sounds great in sound bite but will it have enough bite to get banks actually negotiating with the named homeowners or will this only address a small percentage of vacated homes? How can we get the homeowners back in their homes at a rate reasonable to the reality of the recession that everyone faced together? In some cases the banks induced the owners to default with promises of negotiation but still never fairly negotiated. Speeding court processes will not help to guarantee those homeowners protections.

Also from Batavia Daily News: “ State ‘Zombie Law’ on council’s agenda Monday” By Joanne Beck:

The relief act — nicknamed the Zombie Law — would especially help to assign responsibility to lending institutions for such properties. Up to now, those businesses have not been accountable until a lengthy, several month process is complete.

We can hope, but is that really what it does? Have any of the councilmembers read the bill? Even if they have, do they really know what it means? Does anyone? With legislators on hiatus it’s easy to advocate last year’s bill with a fun “zombie” name, but is this a real potential law or political horseshit? Baby steps are good, but how about we spend the summer advocating for a bill with actual teeth?

And see KRIStv: “‘Zombie Homes’ Invading the Coastal Bend?“:

They’re called zombie homes, because they’re in limbo, between the bank and the new owner.

Foreclosures are supposed to take 3 months, but when the banks won’t break even on a sale, they sometimes sit in limbo. The homes are then not for sale and not occupied. The result; they sit empty for months. Montalvo specializes in the foreclosure market. “The government doesn’t want to just release all these houses and depress the market,” he explained.

because of the rats, but also the potential for vagrants.

It’s the banks, it’s the government, it’s the vagrants, blame everybody! Hint: it’s the banks.

InsuranceNewsNet: “‘Zombie Foreclosures’ haunt housing market” by Greg Stiles:

As neighbors go, “Mr. Bank” isn’t a good one, failing to maintain his yard, ignoring a mangled garage door and allowing junk to pile up outside his house. When he does answer the phone, he’s none too talkative.

Over the past 12 months, Poulos has painstakingly compiled documents and telephoned a litany of loan and property servicers, as well as the police, and finally City Hall. Poulos has delayed selling his home because he fears the eyesore next door will scare potential buyers away. He hopes other people with similar issues will take a look at his blog (http://myneighborchasebank.blogspot.com).

In conclusion, banks need to clean up the vacant properties but they also need to negotiate with the rest of the zombies and never let this happen again. Remember this whole crisis was caused by greedy bank fraud and we must never forget that. The banks robosigned exuberance lost sight of real people. Homes are not investment opportunities, they are people’s living spaces. Bring these properties back to life even at the risk of killing more banks. Mark to market today! Turn over all the bad debt; free the zombies!

Zombie Zero worm malware

Based on the TrapX report: “Anatomy of the Attack: Zombie Zero

Forbes: “How a Scanner Infected Corporate Systems and Stole Data: Beware Trojan Peripherals” by Kurt Macko:

the so-called Zombie Zero worm invaded corporate data centers through a back door.

Infosecurity Magazine: “Malware Siphons the ‘Brains’ of Shipping Companies in Sophisticated Supply Chain Attack“:

Likely Chinese in origin, Zombie Zero malware arrives via trojanized peripherals and exfiltrates full situational data.

EpochTimes: “China Spies on Global Shipping Using Pre-Infected Hardware” by Joshua Philipp:

the breach was done through products infected at the manufacturing level—before they were even sold

a Chinese university that was involved: the Lanxiang Vocational School, which has a history in China’s state-sponsored cyberattacks.

CSOonline: “Shipping companies’ computers compromised by malware-infected Chinese scanners” by Antone Gonsalves:

a three-stage attack dubbed Zombie Zero that compromised business software and sent data back to facilities linked to the Chinese military.

TrapX has found variants of the Zombie Zero malware in two manufacturers’ industrial control systems

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