The Switchboard: Who’s behind the most sophisticated malware ever found?

February 11

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

Oakland: The city that told Google to get lost. "Watching Google's ferry steam out of Oakland docks beyond rock-throwing range," reports the Guardian, "it can seem as if here the anti-tech rebellion has found a bastion."

Sprint rethinks acquiring T-Mobile after public antitrust opposition. "Sprint Corp. officials are regrouping to decide whether trying to acquire smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc. makes sense after antitrust officials expressed strong sentiments against a deal publicly, people familiar with the matter said," according to the Wall Street Journal.

This malware is frighteningly sophisticated, and we don’t know who created it. "A new report from Kaspersky labs dissects what could be the most sophisticated malware yet discovered in the wild," writes the Switch's own Timothy Lee. "If the NSA didn't build Careto, it's a safe bet that they have something like it. And intelligence agencies in China, Russia and other great powers are likely working on software like it too."

Apple again loses bid to oust antitrust monitor from e-books case. "Apple's efforts to remove an antitrust compliance monitor following last year's ebooks trial hit another road block today," reports the Verge, "this time one that appears more permanent."

FCC chief: Agency must be nimble as Congress updates obsolete law. "The Federal Communications Commission needs to remain nimble to respond to evolving technologies as Congress considers rewriting the agency’s foundational law, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Monday," the Hill reports.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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