a solid document”), but it was immediately overtaken by events — an unprecedented “ransomware” cyberattack that disrupted and damaged institutions, particularly hospitals and universities, and government agencies all around the world; at least 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries were affected. In a ransom attack, hackers lock down the victim’s computer and threaten to destroy files if they are not paid a ransom of varying sums.
merely mentions a foreign surveillance target: “[The] NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target. This information is referred to in the Intelligence Community as ‘about’ communications in Section 702 ‘upstream’ internet surveillance. NSA will limit such collection to internet communications that are sent to and from a foreign target.” The normally secretive agency also revealed that it would “delete the vast majority of previously acquired upstream internet communications as soon as practicable.”