Google reports an upsurge in phishing of Iranian Gmail users as Iran's elections approach—no attribution yet.
Anonymous threatens the Greek government with retaliation for its austerity-motivated closure of a public broadcaster. Other petty cyber vandals disport themselves across the Umma, and another US hospital suffers data loss.
TrendMicro finds the RARSTONE remote access tool in targeted attacks. Skycure reports iOS vulnerable to spoofing into connecting with rogue Wi-Fi networks. Webroot finds malicious ads leading to SafeMonitorApp, an unwanted application used for social engineering. A zero-day vulnerability is found in WordPress.
The PRISM surveillance affair prompts analysts to consider the new (and growing) power of big-data analytics as a threat to privacy and security. ("How did the NSA get so smart so fast?" one asks.) Observers also note the episode highlights the risk of insider threats—enterprises would do well to take a close look at system administrators, and manage privileges closely.
Mozilla seeks to rally opposition to NSA electronic surveillance. The emerging consensus is that NSA's programs were legal. Opinion differs on whether they should have been, despite NSA Director Alexander's testimony that they thwarted "dozens" of terrorist attacks. Several high-ranking Intelligence Community figures are facing tough Congressional scrutiny, and legislators consider restraining domestic electronic surveillance.
Sino-American relations remain frayed, but both sides seek a modus vivendi. (Chinese media indulge PRISM Schadenfreude as officials keep a dignified silence.)
PRISM's legal ramifications include potential European lawsuits against US companies for privacy breaches, and creative discovery motions in US criminal trials.