Brazil and Turkey seem most affected by recent waves of hacktivism. #opPetrol, on the other hand, can now probably be written off as a fizzle, although oil-producing states remain vigilant. Anonymous seems to have moved on, announcing North Korea and Burma as its next targets.
Trend Micro reports a new banking Trojan active in South Korea, and also finds Gh0stRAT back in action in Taiwan.
Late Friday Facebook issued a data breach notification and shut down its DYI (Download Your Information) function. Packet Storm Security, which discovered the bug, describes Facebook's "shadow profiles" as "frightening" secret dossiers maintained (inadvertently) on users and non-users alike.
The Guardian claims the US conducted cyber espionage against China's Tsinghua University. Other reports suggest use of anonymizing services (notably Tor) flags Internet users for close NSA attention. Skype is reported to have anticipated Government surveillance requests by making its data easier to share, and Booz Allen's close relationship with the Intelligence Community (as well as its hiring practices) draws attention.
In the wake of PRISM disclosures many companies introduce services designed to enhance privacy, with Silent Circle singled out for particular mention by the Washington Post. The industry press is also rife with stories on how electronic surveillance and privacy technologies work—these have a strong DIY flavor.
Debate over electronic surveillance continues in the US. International reaction, notably in the European Union and China, trends negative.
Edward Snowden remains on the wing, having apparently left Hong Kong via Moscow for parts unknown (possibly Ecuador).