#opPetrol did launch, but with such limited effect it must be judged another Anonymous fizzle. Other hacktivists—US-based TeamBerserk—attack Hong Kong's CITIC Telecom unit.
Denial-of-service attacks hit Boston's public transit system (via its Network Solutions host) and British lender Amigo. Morningstar suffers a data breach affecting 182,000 clients' information.
Venerable remote administration tool PoisonIvy improves its stealth by hiding in a legitimate application. In the criminal economy a subscription-based service supports DIY Bitcoin mining, even as underground boutiques increasingly accept payment in Bitcoins. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is found vulnerable to smishing. Puppet automation software is vulnerable to remote code execution.
This week's LinkedIn DNS issue turns out, as suspected, to be an error, not a hack.
Businesses, particularly their boards, are advised to take cyber crime seriously—a Naked Security opinion piece gives it good treatment. A Quartz essayist, seeking to place PRISM in context, thinks pervasive data collection and big data analytics mean privacy is irretrievably lost.
Others are less willing to surrender, as evidenced by more privacy and do-not-track products hitting the market. Some privacy tools, as Ars Technica notes, may actually pique governments' surveillance interest. Others call for a "Nuremberg Code"—informed consent rules—to govern big data.
The US Congress considers "Aaron's Law" modifications to CFFA, and a bill to foster FISA court declassification is also introduced. The Guardian releases more leaked PRISM documents. Senators accuse security investigation contractors of background investigation fraud as the Office of Personnel Management pleads an impossible investigatory workload.