Rumors began to swirl earlier this week about portable USB-powered fans provided to the 2,500-plus reporters and journalists in Singapore to cover the summit meeting between Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un. Some said the devices could steal files and even eavesdrop on conversations when plugged into a computer.
On Wednesday, Singapore’s Ministry of Communications Information issued a strong denial that these made-in-China USB fans contained spying devices or malware.
“The USB fans were contributed by Sentosa Development Corp (solo developer of the resort island of Sentosa where the summit took place)… They were but one item in goodie bags containing a range of goods and information sheets from various partners,” noted the ministry, adding that these fans were simple devices with no storage or processing capabilities.
“The USB fans were…….originally meant for tourists and had been assessed to be a handy and thoughtful gift for the media, who