Cyber Attacks and China-US Relations
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The New York Times is just one of the major American news agencies reportedly being hacked from China. How does that happen? Who does it put at risk? Does the US have the moral authority to take any action? Also, John Kerry begins his first day as Secretary of State. On Reporter's Notebook, when the lights went off at the SuperBowl, where was CBS News?
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John Kerry Starts First Day at State ()
John Kerry is now Secretary of State, and today was his first day at the office in Foggy Bottom. In his welcome remarks to department employees, the former senator expressed his excitement about his new post. "Here we can do the best of things that you can do in government. That's what excites me. We get to try to make our nation safer. We get to try to make peace in the world, a world where there is far too much conflict." Michael Kranish, chief of the Boston Globe's Washington bureau, is co-author of John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography by the Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best, which is being released as an e-book today.
The US, China and a New Round of Cyberwarfare ()
It's not just defense contractors and diplomats any more. Hackers traced to China have broken into the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other major news outlets. Reporters themselves are not the targets. The most likely ones are the Chinese sources for reports on the personal fortunes of Party leaders. Are liberty -- and even lives -- at risk as they try to polish their own images and control the narrative both outside and inside the country? The Obama Administration is weighing retaliation if China won't play by the rules, but what are the rules? If the US was responsible for Stuxnet, how can it complain now?
The NFL and CBS Leave Football Fans in the Dark ()
When the lights went off at the Super Bowl last night, nobody could blame CBS for being unprepared. But it took the 49ers to protect it from what could have been major embarrassment. That's according Will Leitch, contributing editor for New York magazine.
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