The Switchboard: Chinese hackers are really curious about the U.S. and Iraq


In this Nov. 7, 2012 photo, U.S. and Chinese national flags are hung outside a hotel during the U.S. Presidential election event, organized by the U.S. embassy in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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

Mark Zuckerberg on a future where the Internet is available to all. "A common belief is that as more people buy smartphones, they will have data access," writes Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. "But that isn't a given."

Chinese hackers switched targets to U.S. experts on Iraq. Computerworld reports: "A sophisticated Chinese hacker group that had been stealing information from U.S. policy experts on nearby Southeast Asia suddenly changed targets last month to focus on the Middle East — Iraq, in particular — security researchers said Monday."

The ex-Google hacker taking on the world’s spy agencies. "During his last six years working as an elite security researcher for Google, the hacker known as Morgan Mayhem spent his nights and weekends hunting down the malware used to spy on vulnerable targets like human rights activists and political dissidents," Wired reports. "His new job tasks him with defending a different endangered species: American national security journalists."

These are the people who will decide the future of cable in America. I write: "One of the two agencies responsible for approving the merger, the Federal Communications Commission, has named the actual people who'll be overseeing the deals — and from the looks of it, the companies will face a tough review."

Level 3 calls for net neutrality rules to extend to all ISP activities. "On Monday," Gigaom writes. "Level 3 proposed in a blog post that the FCC adopt interconnection rules that would require ISPs to accept traffic without requiring a fee beyond what they charge to their customers."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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In this Nov. 7, 2012 photo, U.S. and Chinese national flags are hung outside a hotel during the U.S. Presidential election event, organized by the U.S. embassy in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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

Mark Zuckerberg on a future where the Internet is available to all. "A common belief is that as more people buy smartphones, they will have data access," writes Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. "But that isn't a given."

Chinese hackers switched targets to U.S. experts on Iraq. Computerworld reports: "A sophisticated Chinese hacker group that had been stealing information from U.S. policy experts on nearby Southeast Asia suddenly changed targets last month to focus on the Middle East — Iraq, in particular — security researchers said Monday."

The ex-Google hacker taking on the world’s spy agencies. "During his last six years working as an elite security researcher for Google, the hacker known as Morgan Mayhem spent his nights and weekends hunting down the malware used to spy on vulnerable targets like human rights activists and political dissidents," Wired reports. "His new job tasks him with defending a different endangered species: American national security journalists."

These are the people who will decide the future of cable in America. I write: "One of the two agencies responsible for approving the merger, the Federal Communications Commission, has named the actual people who'll be overseeing the deals — and from the looks of it, the companies will face a tough review."

Level 3 calls for net neutrality rules to extend to all ISP activities. "On Monday," Gigaom writes. "Level 3 proposed in a blog post that the FCC adopt interconnection rules that would require ISPs to accept traffic without requiring a fee beyond what they charge to their customers."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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