Kaspersky releases details of research into "miniFlame," described as "nation-state espionage malware" with ties to Flame and Gauss. MiniFlame is apparently narrowly focused on Lebanese targets.
The weekend saw verbal escalation of Middle Eastern cyber conflict. Israel says it's under Iranian cyber attack as former and current US officials blame Iran for cyber campaigns against Gulf targets. Iran denies any involvement and offers to help other nations that feel threatened by US and Israeli cyber operations.
Elsewhere, proof-of-concept code for a solar energy SCADA exploit is released, as is malware targeting Mozilla's Firefox v16. (Mozilla will update Firefox either today or tomorrow.) A New Zealand government online service is compromised, exposing thousands of users' personal information.
Oracle plans to release 109 patches this week. In other industry news, Japan's Softbank offers to buy a majority interest in Sprint for $20B. Legislators, contractors and US Government agencies continue to work out details of possible budget sequestration. (Western defense and security companies generally face pressure from declining budgets.) The US mulls granting more visas to Indian tech workers, and African countries (particularly Kenya and South Africa) represent an emerging market for cyber security.
Identity standards assume increased urgency for international law enforcement bodies as well as for US Federal agencies. India opens (some) cyber policies to public inspection, the UK seeks to increase privacy safeguards, Indonesia considers cyber operations as an "asymmetric warfare" modality, and New Zealand and the US explore cyber cooperation. US concerns over Chinese telecom hardware manufacturers spread to Canada.