Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.
U.S. said to find North Korea ordered cyberattack on Sony. "Senior administration officials, who would not speak on the record about the intelligence findings, said the White House was debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of what amounts to a cyberterrorism attack," according to the New York Times.
Feds sue Sprint for charging Americans ‘hundreds of millions’ in bogus fees. "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Sprint, the country's third-largest wireless carrier, for taking hundreds of millions of dollars from its customers without their knowledge," the Post reports.
Global internet authority ICANN has been hacked. The Verge reports: "ICANN — the organization responsible for allocating IP addresses and domain names for the Internet — has been hacked. The U.S.-administered nonprofit has said that its internal systems were breached following a spear phishing attack in late November. Employees were tricked into giving up their credentials after receiving emails apparently sent from the organization’s own domain."
Cuba opening shines light on obsolete telecom links. "Cuba keeps tight control of its citizens’ access to information," according to the Wall Street Journal, "and the U.S. embargo has limited American companies’ ability to build infrastructure that touches the island. The normalization of relations with the U.S. creates an opportunity to bridge the gap, but telecommunications companies will have their work cut out for them."
Snapchat CEO 'devastated' by email leak in Sony hack. CNET reports: "'I felt like I was going to cry all morning, so I went on a walk and thought through a couple things,' [chief executive Evan Spiegel] wrote in a memo sent to Snapchat employees Wednesday and later posted on Twitter. 'I even ran into one of my high school design teachers. She gave me a huge hug. I really needed it.'"