The oligarch behind the Internet Research Agency that worked its influence mischief from St. Petersburg has come under new sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department. Yevgeniy Prigozhin has been sanctioned before, but this time his yachts and private jets are specifically named. He may find it difficult to ride them into non-Russian ports-of-call, Fifth Domain notes. Mr. Prigozhin is variously described as "founder," "financier," or "owner" of the troll farm.
There are also purely criminal use cases for disinformation, as a Recorded Future study concludes. Much of it takes the form of meretricious and dishonest advertising and apple-polishing, and there's enough demand to sustain a disinformation-as-a-service market. Bulk social media campaigns are prominent offerings.
An internal EU policy document from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology has leaked, and shows the EU as being of two minds with respect to foreign technology. It wants Chinese and US tech, but it fears them as well. The leaked document recommends an urgent “initiative for technological sovereignty," Bloomberg reports.
Among the many observations on trends out today is one from Emsisoft: more than six-hundred government entities in the US, mostly state and local organizations, have been hit with ransomware this year, and Emsisoft thinks it's going to get worse. Politico grouses that legislators are either out of ideas or indisposed to act, and a Help Net Security op-ed argues for collective defense as local government's best option.
NSA has launched its new Cybersecurity Directorate, the Washington Post reports.