Syria's civil war spawns more hacktivism and state-inspired attacks, with effects so far appearing minor. Al Arabiya reports the regime's news agency SANA was attacked, and the SEA was active at mid-week against Israeli targets. Other Syrian hacktivists hit UN, German, and Slovene targets with page defacements. The US FBI continues to warn of SEA activity, and the US House Intelligence Committee bluntly associates Iranian cyber operations with the Syrian conflict.
Boxer malware has been found in QR codes. Two do-it-yourself hacking tools are described: one's a robot adaptable to brute-forcing security measures, the other is a "cheap toy" that can be used against lower-end home security systems.
Smart Grid News worries the power industry isn't taking Aurora attacks (which cycle circuit breakers to induce out-of-phase conditions in AC equipment) seriously enough.
Cloud industry representatives dismiss recent demonstration of Windows data volume vulnerability as representing a "negligible" risk. The Mevade botnet seems, happily, to have done itself a disservice by moving to Tor—the shift drew crippling amounts of attention.
Corera thinks breach notification rules reduce the stigma of reporting an attack.
Industry news includes acquisitions by Intel and Extreme Networks, a Lockheed Martin hiring spike (for NATO work), layoffs at Brocade, and new venture funding for cyber firms. Dell goes private as Twitter goes public.
The US seeks (slightly red-faced) to smooth relations with Brazil. DNI Clapper has some kind words for Snowden (really) and predicts Congressional overhaul of surveillance policy.
Yahoo data request orders will be partially declassified.