Pakistani and Indonesian hacktivists continue opIsrael with nuisance-grade cyber vandalism. OxAlien releases login credentials of "Iranian defacers." The Atlantic Council outlines Iran's cyber capabilities and how these could be used in war with the United States. Turkish hacktivists protest Chinese government repression of Uyghur Muslims by attacking 1600 websites.
Last week's precautionary embassy closings were prompted, says the Washington Post, by interception of al-Qaeda traffic in darknet or deep-web chat rooms and encrypted message boards. (Not accessible by conventional search engines, these regions of the Internet are nonetheless quite open to inspection, and any suggestion that they're private or secure in any strong sense is misleading. InfoWorld coincidentally has an article on the difficulty of achieving genuine privacy online.)
Other stories address various vulnerabilities and threats currently active in the wild, but it's worth noting that outages at both the New York Times and the United States' .gov domain were the result of mishandled software upgrades, not cyber attacks.
Google has acknowledged and patched the Android flaw that enabled Bitcoin wallet theft. Microsoft has pulled one of its Patch Tuesday fixes: a security update for Exchange 2013.
The UK's Ministry of Defence partners with key companies to improve the cyber security of its supply chain. Cisco is cutting 4000 jobs. IBM will acquire Trusteer for an undisclosed sum. Blackberry seems headed for piecemeal sale, and Michael Dell's plans to take his eponymous company private remain up in the air.
Researchers find a flaw in encryption mathematics—using the wrong entropy.