India's Telecom and IT Minister dismisses Snowden-derived allegations that Indian domestic communications were subject to US surveillance. De Standaard reports background to alleged GCHQ hack of Belgacom.
Compromised media sites in Japan continue to lead victims to watering holes distributing DeputyDog malware.
Some early-stage Python source code for a Bing-based SQL injection attack has been observed. Elsewhere, large-scale phishing campaigns continue: FDIC-themed emails are directing victims to malware-dropping urls, and fake DivX plug-ins direct those in search of "funny videos" to malware disguised as image files. Apple accounts are increasingly attractive targets for scammers.
An unofficial Android iMessage app routes the traffic of its unwary customers through Chinese servers, the thought of which ought to make the unwary warier.
Schneider Electric fixes a lingering issue with hard-coded credentials in its industrial control system products' firmware.
Attacks on critical infrastructure, particularly energy infrastructure, are up. This trend leads analysts to revisit last year's Saudi Aramco hack for lessons learned.
In industry news, BlackBerry halted trading yesterday, then announced its intention to be acquired by Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion. Observers claim BlackBerry, once worth $83 billion, suffered in a technologically mature market where disruptive innovation had become difficult. (FireEye's shiny IPO presents a striking contrast with BlackBerry's low-ball acquisition.)
More concerns over hardware supply chain security surface. Steganography makes its periodic reappearance as an approach to communication security.
US Senators continue bipartisan woofing at NSA. China unblocks online media in its Shanghai free-trade zone. US FDA won't regulate most medical IT.