Chinese hackers are reported to have stolen plans for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) headquarters in Canberra.
The Assad regime's Syrian Electronic Army resumes its campaign against news services with attacks on Britain's Sky News and ITV. Israeli security experts say the SEA also attempted to disrupt control system in Haifa's water supply, but that the attempt was thwarted. Reporters Without Borders wants to know why Blue Coat deep packet inspection technology was supplied to Assad.
The US Administration (and Congress) up the ante with Iran by describing in greater detail apparent continuing Iranian attempts against US firms and infrastructure, notably against the energy sector. Observers speculate that such operations are retaliation for the Stuxnet campaign against uranium enrichment facilities.
Several nuisance attacks are reported, many from Islamist hacktivists with some curious target sets—most oddly, Turkish hackers continue to focus on Akron, Ohio. Other attacks hit automobile manufacturers (Peugeot in Canada, Isuzu in France), banks in Ghana, Monsanto UK, petition site Change.org, and the HITRUST health information security organization. South African police say they "hacked back" at those responsible for recent cyber attacks.
Two-factor authentication remains a valuable security tool, but no thinking person believes it a panacea (a new Android Trojan successfully bypasses it). Other useful tools—next generation firewalls—should also be used with circumspection: their downside lies in management complexity.
Palantir gets some love from Australian investment analysts, and Booz Allen retrenches to focus on cyber.
A researcher demonstrates a "structural" approach to malware scanning.