#opPetrol appears to have kicked off—Trend Micro reports "anomalous malicious activity"—but whether it will rise to, let alone beyond, the level of annoyance remains to be seen. Hack Read has extracted Anonymous' target list from PasteBin.
Elsewhere, China's NetTraveler (which has been using PRISM—more on which in a moment—as phishbait) surfaces in Kazakhstan.
LinkedIn suffered DNS problems late yesterday, with user data potentially compromised. Initially regarded as an attack, the episode now seems a probable case of human error.
Adobe's recent decision to move Creative Suite to a cloud-based subscription model has been rewarded with its first hack. German researchers find it's relatively easy to crack iOS mobile hotspot passwords, and AOL Auto frightens drivers with tales of terrorists' abilities to hack cars (but these vulnerabilities seem more matters of a priori possibility than imminent risk).
Poor USB security controls may expose 6M Medicare recipients' personal data.
The PRISM affair continues to develop not wholly to America's advantage. US tech companies face widespread international skepticism about security and privacy. Google is particularly concerned, facing regulatory pressure in Europe that antedates PRISM. PRISM isn't helping, and Google goes to the legal mat for more FISA transparency. Amazon, not named in leaked PRISM documents, promises a legal fight over future surveillance orders. Companies offering privacy-enhancing products appear the only winners in the matter.
US President Obama and his Attorney General receive a starchy reception over PRISM in their overseas trip, from German Chancellor Merkel and various EU officials.