"Parastoo's" recent attacks on the International Atomic Energy Agency looks more like an Iranian government operation than pure hacktivism. Actual hacktivists, however, stay busy: DARWINARE (prominent in OpIsrael) compromises a Michigan State University database and Anonymous chatter indicates a forthcoming attack on the International Telecommunications Union.
Swiss intelligence services catch one of their own leaking sensitive US and British intelligence data. Visitors to Trading Forex risk infection by a malicious Java applet. Gameover Zeus is spreading via the Cutwail botnet. Insurance companies Nationwide and Allied suffer major data breaches affecting more than a million users.
People answering the phone are still too trusting. Fake "tech support" calls remain effective, and the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy was revealed by social engineering. (Her hospital spilled to Australian shock jocks pretending to be Queen Elizabeth.)
Booz Allen predicts the top financial cyber trends for 2013. More BYOD and burgeoning Android malware combine into a serious problem for businesses.
US agencies are told to prepare for budget sequestration. SRA buys MorganFranklin's national security business and Emulex makes an offer for Endace. Citigroup announces 11,000 layoffs, many of them technology workers. The Daily Record publishes a guide for cyber security entrepreneurs, focused on Maryland but of interest to the industry as a whole.
US Customs and Border Protection says software legally originates where it was converted to object code. The US Congress, German and Canadian governments, Google, Mozilla, Facebook, and many others find themselves agreeing with Anonymous that the ITU's proposed Internet regime is problematic.