Net neutrality

How Russian hackers hide inside abandoned email accounts

A man in a hoodie types on a black computer in darkness.
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Researchers have used "," a single email address listed in one of special prosecutor Robert Mueller's indictments, as a key to trace new details of the inner workings of social media disinformation campaigns.

Why it matters: The "allforusa" account was a real email address that had been abandoned by its creator and then compromised and reused, a tactic that allows hackers to evade detection and legitimize deceptive activity — in this case, including thousands of comments posted on the FCC's site about net neutrality rules.

House Republican pushes to restore net neutrality

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) has become the first House Republican to sign on to the effort to undo the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules, and also introduced a bill to get the ball rolling on congressional action.

Why it matters: Both sides generally agree Congress should come up with a legislative solution to end the political ping-pong that net neutrality has become at the FCC. Also, Coffman's signing on the to net neutrality CRA could help force a vote in the House, following the Senate's vote to restore net neutrality rules in May.