Iran's ongoing naval exercises feature cyber defense operations. That nation's sympathizers in the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters tried another denial-of-service attack against US banks on Christmas day, but the attempt fizzled. (They threaten to continue their DDOS campaign, and industry analysts generally believe 2013 will see a continued uptick in these familiar attacks.)
The Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerabilities disclosed at last week's end have been exploited in a waterholing campaign. Waterholing attacks infect topically related Websites members of particular communities are thought likely to visit; they then infect visitors on a drive-by basis. This latest attack is centered on the Council on Foreign Relations and may be the work of Chinese hackers.
US Army servers at Aberdeen Proving Grounds are hacked, compromising personnel files and visitor information from CECOM's former headquarters at Fort Monmouth.
We saw Friday how some universities help students sanitize their online image (mostly by shifting search results away from embarrassing party pictures). A new app launched today takes a more proactive approach: Clearable aims to educate the rising cyber generation on how their online behavior may impact their ability to land a sensitive and interesting job. Available to people younger than college seniors (and to their parents) it offers a look into one's social media presence similar to that taken by the US Government clearance process.
DARPA seeks to rectify "inherent vulnerabilities" in software. The headline says "in drones," but the problem is much wider.
Pakistan clamps down on YouTube, which augurs more Internet censorship.