German power distribution company 50Herz discloses a distributed denial-of-service attack it suffered at the end of November. Under botnet control, the attack disrupted systems for five days. It's believed this is the first confirmed attack on the European power grid.
The Saudi investigation into August's Shamoon attack on Aramco continues, and the Interior Ministry says the attacker's objective was to cripple the Saudi economy by disrupting oil production. No attribution has been announced. Elsewhere in the Middle East and South Asia, Anonymous turns its attention to Egypt's President Morsy and the Pakistan Cyber Army "declares war" on China and Bangladesh.
The Skynet botnet is hiding its command-and-control servers behind Tor. New email borne threats include spoofed hotel booking notices, UPS and FedEx notices, and Facebook cancellation requests. Webroot offers an interesting look at the criminal economy as seen through a boutique exploit shop. (Compare PC Pro's survey of the legitimate bug-hunter economy.)
Ponemon tells the healthcare industry that the root of its cyber problems is a general failure to realize how valuable its data are. India's information security market is expected to rise by 18% in 2013. IT World predicts "massive consolidation" in the cyber security sector, with Sophos, WebSense, Panda Security, Bit Defender, AVG, WebRoot and Avast called out as potential takeover targets.
Those interested in creating local community-based cyber security capabilities may find the experience of Washtenaw County, Michigan, of interest.
The US is not happy about ITU plans for the Internet, and threatens to exit the WCIT.