Stories by Joe Uchill

Massive pro-China troll response met Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

Three people in Hong Kong in front of a sign that says "stand with Morley" hanging on a wall.
Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

After Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters, he received just under 170,000 angry tweets in response. But an analysis by experts at the Wall Street Journal suggests a massive chunk of the outrage came from a coordinated effort by sham accounts.

Why it matters: It's not immediately clear that the response effort was run by the Chinese government — though, at the numbers involved, that seems likely. But if it was a government-led effort, it marks a substantial change in China's modus operandi in dealing with global news events.

China's upgraded cybersecurity law could take a toll

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

China is applying tougher cybersecurity standards more widely as of Dec. 1, requiring companies to open their networks and deploy government-approved equipment. The changes worry international organizations and underscore the difference between U.S. and Chinese approaches to cybersecurity.

The big picture: China already has a law, applying to the most secure networks, that allows the government to audit private business networks and mandates the use of government-approved security equipment. That law will now apply to all networks.

Security flaw in Trump campaign website could have let hackers send fake emails

Many websites, including President Trump's 2020 campaign page, forgot to turn off a testing feature that could have given hackers the ability to meddle with their sites, according to a report from security firm Comparitech.

Why it matters: On the Trump site, hackers could have sent emails from the site or intercepted emails being sent — but user and donor information was never at risk.