But it's unclear whether the USBs were ever actually a threat. They weren't provided by North Korea (as you'd expect), but by a branch of the Singapore government, which later issued a statement explaining that the fans were just "a handy and thoughtful gift for the media [and] are simple devices with no storage or processing capabilities." On one hand, that kinda makes us feel like paranoid, ungrateful dicks, but on the other, that's exactly what someone who tried to hack your laptop with shady hardware would say.
The key to solving this mystery, therefore, is to find a journalist who plugged one of the fans into their computer ... but it's not like anyone's going to admit that they were dumb enough to do that now, are they?
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