China, Cyber Espionage and Controlling the Internet
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In the California desert on Friday, the Presidents of the US and China will talk about cyberwarfare. We hear about the culture of hacking and what it means for economics and national security. Also, ongoing protests in Turkey, and a writer with hope for Mexico despite death threats and disappointment.
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Ongoing Protests in Turkey ()
After five days of unrest across the country, Turkey's deputy prime minister today called the use of force against non-violent protesters "wrong and unjust." Daniel Dombey is Turkey correspondent for the Financial Times.
China and Cyberwarfare: Public and Private ()
China's daily assault on US computers has resulted in "the greatest transfer of wealth in history." Not to mention military secrets and systems controlling gas pipelines. That's according to General Keith Alexander, who heads the US Cyber Command and the National Security Agency. China's widespread computer hacking includes corporate espionage, but the government denies the charge. In response, it brings up reports that the US disabled Iran's nuclear program with the infamous Stuxnet virus. Still, it has agreed to ease tensions with a regular schedule of bilateral meetings. The subject is also on the agenda for Friday's summit in Rancho Mirage, California, between President Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
- Philip Ewing: Politico, @politico
- Keith Richburg: Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, @keithrichburg
- Joseph Menn: Reuters, @josephmenn
- Richard Bejtlich: Mandiant, @taosecurity
Covering the Mexican Drug War ()
Alfredo Corchado was born in Mexico, raised in California and Texas, and regards both countries as "home." The Mexico bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News has a new book out. Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey through a Country's Descent into Darkness is about hope as well as disappointment.
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