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.
blog, I pointed out that the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is by no means certain. Section 702 provides authority for the US government to target foreign individuals to obtain intelligence to defend American security. Specifically, Section 702 allows the attorney general and the director of National Intelligence to direct warrantless surveillance of non-US persons “reasonably believed to be outside US borders.” Conversely, it forbids collecting information from targets inside the US.