Escalating violence around Gaza finds its inevitable expression in cyberspace. Not only are Israel and Hamas tweeting their air and rocket strikes, but Hamas sympathizers among Anonymous open a cyber campaign against Israeli sites.
Georgia Tech warns that increasingly capable search personalization will soon enable sophisticated information operations in which attackers can shape their targets' information. Proof-of-concept malware shares USB smart card readers over the Internet. The Opera browser's homepage is found to be redirecting users to the Blackhole exploit kit.
Adobe closes its Connect user forum in the wake of the Egyptian Hacker breach. NASA continues to work to repair the damage done by its stolen laptop—the theft exposed 10,000 people's personal information.
Notable cyber trends include "information sprawl" into the cloud, the inadequacy of attack information sharing (inhibited by legal and regulatory regimes), the financial risk companies assume when collecting personal information, and the "reckless trust" companies accord third-party software.
After $1B, the US Air Force cuts its losses on a failed ERP program. Fidelity makes a major commitment to secure code development. Lockheed Martin's warnings about supply chain security say much about the complexity and fragility of the logistics the company established for its F-35 program. Thales continues a characteristically quiet expansion into the cyber market, opening an R&D center in Quebec and hinting that its next CEO may be a cyber expert.
The US Congress will not pass a cyber bill this session, making further executive orders likely. South Carolina's data breach moves into litigation.