Only a few stories break on a very quiet post-Christmas morning. Iranian officials continue to talk about a cyber attack on its power grid, with central authorities denying a local civil defense organization's claim to have thwarted a recent exploit. Beyond that little new information is available.
Anonymous defaces the official Website of Kuwait's Crown Prince with an unusually childish North Pole motif. Israelis are warned that Backdoor.LV has returned; exploits using it appear to originate with hackers in Kuwait.
Researchers expect Java and Adobe vulnerabilities to remain prime hacking targets into 2013.
The cleared labor market drives security professionals who ought to know better toward over-sharing on Facebook and (especially) LinkedIn. Australian authorities are noticing the problem: present and former employees of the Defence Signals Directorate and the Defence Intelligence Organisation are advertising details of their careers online. The intent is innocent, but still, it's a problem.
A young British developer scores very well in the US Defense Department's 2012 Digital Forensics Challenge. It took, crows the Daily Mail patriotically, "Defense Giant Northrop Grumman" to defeat him.
Crowdsourced private crime fighting appears simultaneously in California and Mexico. Nextdoor and Nixle are enabling Californians to tip off one another and the police to criminal activity. In Mexico, Ret.io's Twitter feed, which began as a way of alerting people to police checkpoints, it emerging as a tool against small-scale but irritating official corruption. And data scientists at Harvard are tracking drug cartel activity online and providing police useful open source intelligence.