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Friday, April 17, 1998

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  • Broken Cell Phone Codes

    This week in San Francisco two researchers at the University of California at Berkeley announced they had broken a widely used encryption method designed to prevent the cloning of digital cellular phones. The researchers speculate they have uncovered evidence that the system was deliberately weakened to allow government surveillance of private telephone calls.

  • IMF and World Bank Meetings

    The directors of the IMF and World Bank are meeting in Washington, D.C. this week.

  • Chiapas Expulsions

    The Mexican government deported three U.S. citizens this week and has plans to ship out nine other foreign nationals. They are accused of attempting to help form a pro-Zapatista parallel local government in Chiapas. The mass expulsion was the largest yet. The Mexican government forbids foreign nationals from interfering in domestic politics.