The Syrian Electronic Army successfully redirects ShareThis.com's GoDaddy account to the SEA's own website. Independent hacktivists commit low-level vandalism in Israel, Malta, and Spain.
ESET reports finding DDoS functionality in popular Windows program Orbit Downloader.
Botnets continue to evolve to resist sinkholing and other legacy defenses.
The Tesla electronic roadster appears vulnerable to cyber attack.
Nasdaq halted trading for about three hours yesterday due to "technical" issues. There's no consensus about the cause of the problem (speculation ranges from a denial-of-service attack to software glitches to squirrels damaging lines—hey, it's happened) but this seems clear: the sheer speed of trading stresses financial systems (compare recent wire fraud exploits), and financial system integrity remains a challenge.
VMware patches a privilege-escalation vulnerability.
In industry news, companies seek to find scarce cyber talent through hack-a-thons. HP seems poised for acquisitions. Steve Ballmer announces plans to retire as Microsoft's CEO.
New Zealand enacts permissive domestic surveillance legislation. In the UK, the Independent scoops alleged GCHQ Middle Eastern surveillance base. It sources Snowden, but Snowden denies leaking and says HM Government is leaking on itself.
US President Obama casts (to mixed reviews) PRISM controversy as a failure to communicate, and sees his IC review panel as a step toward rectifying this. (Panelists include Michael Morrell, Richard Clarke, Cass Sunstein, and Peter Swire.) Government Executive sees a reprise of the 1970s' Church Commission.
Blawgers offer interesting takes on this week's declassified FISC opinions. Security gurus (slightly breathlessly) see leaker intimidation in the US and UK.