The Assad regime has deployed thirty-four Blue Coat servers to perform deep-packet inspection on Syrian Internet traffic.
The scope and persistence of the ongoing cyber espionage campaign apparently directed by India continue to surprise as new digitally signed Mac spyware is detected. [Update 2.11.14: Text on Indian company involvement withdrawn by source. 022014-001]
The US Department of Homeland Security, in bad news for anyone with a security clearance, is warning employees and contractors that vulnerable clearance processing software an unnamed vendor used has exposed personal information. The vulnerability, now closed, had existed since July 2009.
ZeuS/ZBOT variants resurface with new features. Researchers will show (at Black Hat) how to bypass BIOS security. Google researchers say they've found privilege escalation vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. Ransomware spikes worldwide.
The usual squalid spoor of hacktivist vandalism defiles Eastern European and Mediterranean sites.
Chinese hacking seems to have escaped central control, with a thriving bandit sector that suggests a small-scale reversion to warlordism. Espionage and cybercrime will be central topics of discussion in upcoming Sino-American talks, with the US complaining about the former and offering help against the latter. (Many observers note that the US is no naïf here—it's been a malware buyer.)
Policymakers in the US, South Africa, India, and Australia grapple with approaches to cyber security. In the US, the Government seeks more information sharing, which industry at some level wants, while fearing intrusive and commerce-throttling regulation. The security of the energy sector is of particular concern, as fears of Iranian cyber attack rise.