The Assad regime abruptly shut down Syria's Internet connections yesterday. (Rebels had made heavy and effective use of the Web for command and control. Gaddafi's regime in Libya also disabled the Internet in its last days.) Anonymous' OpIsrael hacks Israeli news agency DEBKAfile and releases user accounts.
A new version of the W32/VBNA-X worm spreads rapidly: it uses Windows Autorun and "clever social engineering" to implant banking Trojans. Western Connecticut University notifies more than 200,000 that a database vulnerability exposed their personal information. Lack of a Chief Information Security Officer probably contributed to the recent hack of South Carolina's unencrypted tax database: the Revenue Department CISO position went unfilled for a year—the state found no takers at a $100k salary. Legislators want an independent investigation.
More enterprises consider adding cyber counteroffensives to their defensive strategies. The malware black market's evolution affects how bug hunters do business, and not in a good way: expect zero day exploits to debut in the black market, then move to legitimate markets as "newly discovered vulnerabilities." Rising threats to the financial sector lead banks to take a leading role in containing criminal cyber campaigns.
NSA's Accumulo becomes a point of contention in US budget debates: the Senate wants it jettisoned for a commercial alternative.
Business schools offer cyber track MBAs; they're now struggling to introduce big data analytics into their curricula.
The EU joins the US and Canada in opposing more restrictive UN management of the Internet. Thailand thinks it's facing a cyber crisis.