BlackHat's begun, and stories about vulnerability demonstrations and new products spike accordingly. Among the more interesting vulnerability demonstrations are hacks of vehicular, navigational, and smart home systems. The Internet-of-things and personal smartphones are also shown notably vulnerable to surveillance.
The Syrian Electronic Army hits Viber again. Turk Hack Team defaces websites linked (it believes) with East Turkistan ethnic repression. Istanbul's airports have recovered from last week's attacks on their passport control systems. Various hackers claim attacks against Algerian, Venezuelan, and Emirati networks or accounts. Zimbabwe's government appears to be conducting a pre-election cyber campaign against its opposition.
US White House staffers find their gmail accounts hacked. Also in the US, the Securities and Exchange Commission has problems with data security and management.
June's attack on Raley's stores affects the Redwood Credit Union. A denial-of-service attack on Region Bank draws venture capital attention to security firms.
PRISM leaks continue to damage US IT firms' international market share. They also prompt some analysts to (no doubt prematurely) foretell the demise of an international Internet, and its replacement by government-controlled national or regional Webs. Consumer interest in online privacy tools rises.
Boeing's EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft will receive upgraded cyber capabilities (suggesting continued convergence of electronic and cyber warfare).
SourceFire's founder reflects on Cisco's acquisition of his firm. L-3 prepares for layoffs. Huawei security concerns become an election issue in Australia.
Controversy over NSA surveillance continues in the US, with opposition to current programs apparently growing in Congress. Russia mulls extraditing Snowden.