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Twenty minute watch

So, a whole storm brewing around Cambridge Analytica, off the back of a bit of investigative journalism by a UK News station:

 

https://www.channel4.com/news/cambridge-analytica-revealed-trumps-election-consultants-filmed-saying...

 

Ironically the CEO seems to have been trapped by a sting centered around a fictitious operation in Sri Lanka. It’s compelling viewing, and well worth watching as it will have deep ramifications for the procession of personal data.

 

ICO is reported to be seeking a warrant to investigate and apparently stood down  Facebook’s own audit effort.

 

We live in interesting times.

 

 

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Re: Twenty minute watch

The bottom line here is the susceptibility of people to follow the popular message rather than their own thinking. While we are being treated to a wonderful back and forth by the two major parties in the U.S. with new accusations or twists on old accusation each week, both parties are sending the same message to the electorate: "You're so gullible that you can be fooled by .... " and the fill in the blank is a rotating cast of Russians, consultants, CNN, Fox, elitists, deplorables, etc. In a security context, the threat posed by any of these actors is the same regardless of their employer. The real issue is the vulnerability - the gullibility of people. In that sense, the most relevant news may be the recent US Federal Trade Commission report that found Millennials appear for more susceptible to social engineering than their grandparents:
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2018/03/ftc-releases-annual-summary-complaints-report...