@AC Re: 'None of the actors can be taken at face value...
Your personal take of a false flag by the US is laughable and not even worthy of a B movie (direct to hulu) or something like that.
Look, Trump's beef w China and tariffs are more than just trade. He wants to apply pressure on NK.
At the same time... you don't even think about China's activities surrounding their man made island which they now have put military forces on and are claiming ownership over some oil fields that are supposed to be owned by Viet Nam (IIRC).[Note: I could be wrong about the other countries involved... going from memory]
I'd say that Bloomberg's reporting seems to be accurate consider ancillary factors going on.
Do you really bork a bunch of hardware over a firmware upgrade that has malware associated with it? Or do you just upgrade to a fixed release? Or go back to a prior release?
There's more, and what's interesting is which motherboards... blades.