US officials report sabotaging al-Qaeda's online English-language magazine "Inspire."
Analysts think stories about PRISM will induce terrorists and others to go dark in ways that mirror—in cyberspace—traditional intelligence tradecraft. (Several also offer DIY-flavored approaches to masking one's digital exhaust.) PRISM considered as a leak occasions discussion of how any enterprise might secure itself from easily disregarded insider threats—what the Washington Post calls "the low-profile, tech-savvy intelligence risk."
Cyberwarzone profiles PRISM, FinSpy, and BlueCoat as the top three lawful intercept tools.
Sophos reports the Guntior bootkit has an interesting dropper that exploits Windows Help Center. TrendMicro has traced GAMARUE malware to a SourceForge host. Rapid7 finds the KeyBoy Trojan active in Vietnam and India. CSO offers tips on how ATM users can recognize card skimming. RSA finds cybercriminals using hacktivist-published data in phishing attacks.
Arabian Gulf nations express new concerns over the energy sector's vulnerability to cyber attack. Russia shows signs of exploiting US discomfiture over PRISM.
PRISM dominates industry, policy, and legal news. Journalists boggle at Snowden's high compensation, seeing it as an instance of government contracting waste. Booz Allen works to deal with former employees' legacy. Google and Facebook continue to deny compromising their customers' privacy.
The US Congress is hearing a lot about PRISM this week, and expressing much support for NSA. Senator Wyden emerges as the program's leading critic. The ACLU challenges NSA surveillance in court. Google and other tech companies call for PRISM transparency.
New Zealand's Greens accuse their Government of Palantir snooping.