Quartz takes it as a given that Chinese intelligence services are engaged in general and continuing cyber attacks on international targets. It notes that PLA hackers have turned up in a Trend Micro honeypot that simulated a rural Missouri water utility—nobody's idea of a high-payoff target. The conclusion Quartz draws is that China is making a long-term effort to gain control over foreign physical infrastructure.
Several probes of the financial sector are reported, including a new Android Trojan and a spoofed Bank of America email laden with malware. Banks seem to be coping with denial-of-service attacks, and analysts take a look at the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, among the most prominent and determined DDOS attackers. Their operations bear the marks of state or quasi-state sponsorship, most probably by Iran, with Hamas running a distant second as a suspect.
Wi-Fi routers continue to present attractive attack surfaces. A cross-platform remote-access Trojan is now available on the black market. US Airways warns of a breach in frequent flier accounts.
More reports appear on the means used to breach TOR anonymity in recent law enforcement operations.
In market news, the US Department of Defense urges companies to invest heavily in industrial research and development. California and Maryland continue to lead the cyber job market.
In cyber law enforcement, Florida emerges as a hotbed of identity theft. Interpol identifies an attractive new field for criminal activity: carbon credit trading. In the US, the Drug Enforcement Agency is using cyber intelligence in its investigations.