The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters' denial-of-service campaign against US banks does indeed appear to have peaked, and US banks have implemented more sophisticated defenses. Unless the Fighters get a better game they're unlikely to enjoy much future success. vorVzakone's Russian cyber mob is, however, another matter: McAfee warns that "Project Blitzkrieg," the long-prepared bank fraud campaign, seems credible, imminent, and dangerous.
ExploitHub's web application server is compromised, allegedly by rival vendor "Inj3ct0r Team." A version of Exforel backdoor malware quietly operates at the Network Driver Interface Specification level. Cisco VOIP phones are vulnerable to conversion into eavesdropping tools.
New SCADA worries surface. The FBI reveals backdoor intrusions into an industrial control system. Arson investigators notice that networked printer vulnerabilities can be used to start fires. Kongsberg Maritime and Norman build custom protection for marine industrial operations. The US Department of Energy receives good reviews for its technical advice to utilities.
Like snazzy infographics? Think again: they've become a common cloak for spammers. And you're easier to track online than ever, thanks in part to Internet Explorer's "viewability" functionality.
Two US intelligence agencies make market news. The Defense Intelligence Agency asks for rapid exploitation of digital media—smart phones, USB drives, etc. The National Security Agency's Ozone Widget application development framework will arrive on GitHub by the year's end. SINet opens a Baltimore office; ITSEF 2013 will still be held in Palo Alto.
English-speaking developed countries refuse the UN's proposed Internet treaty, and the ITU meetings end without much accomplished.