The Switchboard: Snowden says, ‘I already won’

December 24, 2013

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Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished. Speaking to The Post's Barton Gellman in Moscow, Snowden reflected on the past year. "I already won," Snowden said. "As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

The dollar will never fall to Bitcoin. "Fiat will win over Bitcoin for the same reason it won over gold, silver and copper in early modern Europe," writes Bloomberg Businessweek. "Bitcoin is a fascinating, elegant way to confirm financial transactions.... But it will not keep Janet Yellen up at night. Nor should it."

Mariposa botnet 'mastermind' jailed in Slovenia. "A hacker accused of masterminding one of the biggest ever botnets has been sentenced to just under 5 years in jail," according to the BBC. "Matjaz Skorjanc was arrested in 2010 after a two-year investigation into malware that had hijacked about 12.7 million computers around the world."

The case against Kim Dotcom, finally revealed "Nearly two years after Kim Dotcom's New Zealand mansion was raided by police," reports Ars Technica, "U.S. authorities have made their case as to why the man behind Megaupload shouldn't simply go bankrupt like previous copyright violators before have — he should go to jail, they argue."

Pentagon’s cyber arm poised to expand role. "The U.S. military’s Cyber Command is about to receive the digital equivalent of faster ships and stronger missiles," according to Politico. "But the force, only a few years in the making, is still grappling with how far it can go in fighting adversaries in cyberspace."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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