The Syrian Electronic Army hacks another Twitter account (Reuters') and is blamed for US White House staffers' gmail account compromises. It may be too soon to tell, but Israeli hacktivists' opIslam seems to have sunk without a trace. Anonymous attacks New Zealand's presidential website and sites belonging to the National Party to protest that country's electronic surveillance policies.
Security Explorations announces they've discovered a new Java 7 vulnerability.
Malware-laden USB thumb drives are now able to bypass Windows 7/8's autorun protections.
BlackHat's scare stories so far include demonstrations of vulnerabilities in the Internet-of-things, with things prominently hackable including cars, ships, satellites, medical devices, and smart homes. (One notices that geolocation often invites the bad actors in.) Cisco helpfully offers a counter that keeps a running tally of Internet-connected devices.
A Parliamentary report in the UK breathlessly suggests cyber crime is a greater threat than nuclear war, by which the rapporteurs must mean that cyber crime is far more likely than a nuclear exchange.
Today's big marketplace news comes courtesy of the Australian Financial Review, which reports Chinese hardware manufacturer Lenovo has found its way onto English-speaking security services' blacklists. Nextgov says Lenovo is quickly surpassing Huawei in odium: "there's a new bogeyman in town."
Cisco's acquisition of SourceFire prompts speculation about the next round of cyber M&A: Check Point, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Radware, ProofPoint, and Qualys are mentioned as potential targets.
Observers see Congressional support for NSA surveillance softening.
A verdict in the Manning trial is expected this afternoon.