If you're keeping score in the hacktivists' mug's game, the Bangladeshi-Indonesian cyber riot continues, and McDonalds gets caught in the crossfire. OpIsrael leaks 33,000 Israeli citizens' login credentials as OpIslam continues to fizzle.
Opinions differ over attribution of the recent White House staffer hack: CrowdStrike thinks the attackers may have been Ottoman revanchists of 1923Turk-Grup deliberately pointing to the Syrian Electronic Army. Such solidarity (or provocation) is not unknown—governments and others increasingly use false flags against opposition networks.
The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters may be back—some see their work in last week's denial-of-service attacks on JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bancorp and Regions Financial Corp. Akamai Technologies thinks the Cyber Fighters' preferred tactic—quick multiple strikes—is showing up in trends toward bigger, shorter attacks.
Ubuntu forums suffer another breach. Blackhole spam containers are seen using shortened urls. Recon services for cybercriminals are offered on the black market. Delaware schools' bad week continues as 70,000 University of Delaware confidential records are hacked. US Airways and American Airlines are victimized in separate hacks.
Joint ventures with Chinese firms seem to increase an aviation company's risk of cyber attack. Concerns about tech trade with China rise on two fronts, as Lenovo remains under credible suspicion of cyber espionage, and China prepares import restrictions.
UCLA researchers make interesting (and very large) claims of a breakthrough in software encryption. They say it makes cyber recon and reverse engineering effectively impossible.
Bradley Manning is acquitted of aiding the enemy, convicted on several lesser charges.