NSA changes collection policy in a privacy-friendly direction. Latest Vault7 leaks look anodyne. Election influence concerns in Europe and the US. Blocking social media. DarkOverlord returns with extortion caper.
In today's podcast, we hear how the NSA is revising its interpretation of Section 702 collection, to the general approval of privacy advocates. WikiLeaks drops another alleged tool from Vault7—this one looks like garden-variety data-loss-prevention beaconing. The UK and France are on alert for influence operations, and the US Congress takes testimony on such marketing-in-battledress. South and Southwest Asian governments move to block or censor social media. Prof. Awais Rashid from Lancaster University describes some of the risks of the cloud. The DarkOverlord returns, extorting TV and movie content owners over shows stolen from a third-party post-production company.