As Quantum Dawn begins, Quartz publishes an interesting speculative narrative of what a destabilizing cyber attack on the financial markets might actually look like: APTs slowly corrupting data, with their activity masked by distributed-denial-of-service noise. Analysts try to assess the risk to exchanges; consensus remains that it's large.
The Times of India reports that BlackBerry has granted Indian law enforcement agencies access to emails and chats. A German researcher also claims BlackBerry 10 sends full email account credentials to its corporate home.
The Syrian Electronic Army is back (as Assad's position grows stronger) with a claimed hack of Sweden's Truecaller global phone directory.
Network Solutions is recovering from yesterday's denial-of-service attack. Tumblr warns iOS users to change passwords, and patches the vulnerability that prompted the warning.
The cyber criminal economy grows in sophistication and rapacity. Recent offerings include botnet BitCoin miners, fraudulent identity "Kitz" (sic), and a "binder" for Android exploits. Forum platform vBulletin is apparently becoming a favorite launching point for criminal exploits.
HM Government reveals that it's investigating Huawei involvement with an Oxfordshire cybersecurity center. Staffing, not hardware, is at issue, but the episode highlights, again, the need for Chinese firms and Western governments to reach a sensible security modus vivendi.
Palantir woos New Zealand intelligence services. Symantec opens a center in Ireland. The US Navy awards places on a large cyber contract.
Congressional hearings over NSA surveillance continue, as members receive the Intelligence Community's views. Russia's Putin wants to be sure Snowden doesn't jeopardize US-Russian good relations.