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Cyber-rioting flares again in South Asia. Pakistani hacktivists mark India's Constitution Day with attacks on Indian governmental and commercial sites. Bangladeshi fans exercised over a "cricket monopoly" deface the Indian embassy's Website in Qatar.

A Trojanized FileZilla FTP client is stealing FTP login credentials. Its GUI is pretty persuasive, and looks much like the real thing.

A cross-platform Java-based botnet, exploiting known vulnerabilities and affecting Windows, Mac, and Linux machines, is driving denial-of-service traffic.

Dr. Web finds an Android Trojan bootkit and thinks it may infect up to 350,000 devices worldwide. Kaspersky reports that Android Jelly Bean 4.3's VPN bypass bug also affects the most recent Android operating system, KitKat 4.4. Trustwave demonstrates a proof-of-concept Android exploit that tracks swipes and steals PINs.

Rovio, despite preemptive protestations of innocence, finds its Website hit by hackers outraged that security agencies may have tracked them playing Angry Birds. (The larger issue is leaky mobile apps.) 

It's easy to focus on data loss in recent retail breaches, but don't overlook the effect such episodes have on customer experience.

Mozilla patches Thunderbird bypass vulnerability.

Reuters and Silicon Valley Business Journal are reporting that Thoma Bravo is preparing Blue Coat for sale. HP and Oracle are thought to be suitors; the price may be $2B.

SpyEye banking Trojan creator A.A. Panin pleads guilty; details emerge on how he was caught.

Snowden has a good day: Senator Feinstein sees no evidence he's a Russian spy, and two Norwegian MPs put him in for a Nobel.

Notes.

Today's issue includes events affecting Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States..

For a complete running list of events, please visit the Event Tracker on the CyberWire website.

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