Last week's warnings of a renewed campaign against US banks become more pointed. The leaders this time appear to be Russian criminals (but note speculation that observed preparations for the campaign may be a provocation by Russian security organs to entrap cyber Mafiosi). If the attacks do come off, RSA warns that they'll probably use a version of the Gozi Trojan. Radware claims it's found traces of the first wave of anti-banking attacks on servers in Saudi Arabia, but it's unclear whether this indicates complicity or mere coincidence.
Iran claims it's detected and stopped an Israeli cyber attack on its oil fields, but confirmation is hard to find. Anonymous hits government sites in Sweden and Greece (Sweden tightens its security measures in response). Skype works to contain the "Dorkbot" worm, and a Trojan circulates disguised as bogus Panda antivirus software.
It's Patch Tuesday, and Microsoft will release fixes for seven significant security vulnerabilities later today. Adobe yesterday issued a patch for Flash.
Several firms release cyber security trend reports, two of them dealing with the UK and the UAE. The US Department of Homeland Security mulls hiring hundreds of cyber specialists, and the head of NSA reaches out to business leaders. The BAE-EADS merger continues to meet resistance in the UK and the US. Other industry news includes contract awards and executive appointments.
The US House Intelligence Committee is referring a very harsh report to the FBI: the report alleges widespread espionage by Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE.