Hackers are hacking, Portland is leading the charge for open internet, and Paris is pondering what to do with what’s left of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
A hacker group is on a hijacking spree
Over the past three years, insidious supply chain attacks on at least six companies have all been tied to a single group of hackers. What is a supply chain attack, you ask? It’s when hackers hide malicious code within app and software updates, two things most users implicitly trust. Supply chain attacks like the ones this group carried out affect thousands—or millions—of computers in a single operation.
Portland could lead the fight for open internet
Portland, Oregon, could be ground zero for the fight for net neutrality in the US. Back in the 1990s, the city fought AT&T to open its cable lines. Now Portland is considering a publicly owned open-access fiber network, which would allow it to blaze a new trail of open internet access for all.
What burned away in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire last month wasn’t just a technical marvel of 12th- and 13th-century engineering. It was also a piece of history. Now the question remains—what should replace it? Is it worth trying to replicate, or is it time to build a marvel of the 21st century? Or a mix of both?