Iran's curious, retracted almost as soon as made, claims that the country's infrastructure suffered a late December cyber attack appear to be definitively retracted. Still, whether the attack occurred or not, the Islamic Republic is pretty sure the US and Israel are behind it.
Some versions of Internet Explorer are reported vulnerable to arbitrary code execution. Amazon's customer service may be systemically vulnerable to social engineering, but in ways that trouble the company more than its customers. Last month's University of Michigan Health Systems data breach is ascribed to a third party's violation of data storage policies. Online gamers in the Republic of Korea are targeted by malware that "cheats, steals, and siphons off sensitive personal and financial data."
IEEE Spectrum sees an incipient Internet Cold War in this month's failure of the ITU to reach agreement on Web governance: the US, the EU, Canada, and Australia have one governance model, but China, Russia, Brazil (surprisingly), and the developing world want quite another.
The SANS Institute points out how difficult it is to actually destroy data. Even the most aggressive attempts to do so can usually be at least partially reversed in forensic analysis.
US President Obama again moots a cyber security executive order, but he faces opposition in the House of Representatives, which warns him against imposition of "top-down" standards.
The brobdingnagian Kim Dotcom returns to the news as New Zealand editorialists hail him as a hero (albeit an irritating one) for his (albeit self-interested) exposure of official corruption.