Team Ghostshell makes good on its threat to distribute records stolen from university databases. More than 120,000 people are affected. Among the universities hit are NYU, Princeton, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, and Cornell.
This summer Google began warning users when it had evidence they were under "state-sponsored cyber attack." Three months later the company is surprised by the increase in attack indicators it's picking up. Middle Eastern governments appear to be overtaking China in frequency of attacks Google detects.
Trusteer reports the malicious Man-in-the-Browser utility is now more powerful and more widely available: it now recognizes fields in most browser forms and processes results in near real time. Anonymous hacks Swedish banks in retaliation for Swedish raids on dodgy Web operation PQR (which has now returned to the Internet). Iran claims it's under "heavy," sustained cyber attack. Last week's Islamist denial-of-service attacks on US banks have largely subsided; analysts comment on their strange mix of sophisticated planning and primitive approach.
The French government debunks claims of a Facebook privacy bug. Tulsa's CIO has been placed on administrative leave for raising a false alarm over planned, legitimate penetration testing of the city's networks. Investigation of a phishing campaign against White House military networks continues.
In industry news, CSC buys big data analytics shop 42Six, Lockheed Martin announces its team in a $4.6B DISA bid, and HP warns of tough times before a turnaround. Google plans major layoffs at Motorola.
The EU will soon conduct a pan-European cyber exercise focusing on a continent-wide DDoS campaign.