Policymakers have paid scant consideration to the national security implications of unfettered, largely unregulated data brokering. That may be changing.
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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified last week that he would be unable to provide an estimate of the number of U.S. persons whose information has been incidentally collected under Section 702, despite promising during his confirmation hearing to make every effort to obtain this information.
Senator Ron Wyden published an article in Wired this week, co-authored by Matt Blaze and Lawfare’s own Susan Landau, alarmingly entitled, ”The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anything.” There is a lot to say about the substantive problems with the arguments advanced in the piece, as well as the serious problems with Wyden’s Stop Mass Hacking Act legislation aimed at preventing the Rule 41 change schedule to take effect December 1.
Are Russian hacker-spies a bunch of lethargic government drones more interested in smash-and-grabs than stealth? That’s one of the questions we pose to Mikko Hypponen in episode 86 (right after we ask about how to pronounce his name; turns out, that’s harder than you think). Mikko is the Chief Research Officer at F-Secure and a long-time expert in computer security who has spoken and consulted around the world for over 20 years.