Israeli PM Netanyahu's official Twitter account briefly followed some Iranian porn sites over the weekend. While good for laughs in Tehran (and Tel Aviv) the episode means little: Twitter follows are indiscriminate; they come and go quickly.
The Dutch government states that, unlike Belgium's, the Netherlands' telecom networks haven't been attacked by foreign intelligence services.
Eid al-Adha occasions some anti-Muslim cyber-rioting in Russia.
The cyber black market sees more use of Bitcoins in payment for criminal services. Trend Micro releases more information on vulnerabilities in vessel tracking systems. While so far confined to ship-tracking, consider this a warning for civil aviation and other transportation modalities as well.
Interesting post-mortems on recent exploits: ZeroAccess, Internet-of-things attacks, KDMS's hack of Metasploit, and the recent Adobe compromise.
New forms of ATM malware are active in Mexico. South Africa's large bankcard breach is traced to criminal work against fast-food outlets. Brazil grapples with social-network organized unrest.
Oracle's quarterly patches are out. D-Link takes steps toward closing vulnerabilities in its routers.
Indonesia has, for now, eclipsed China as the world leader in attack traffic. Akamai finds other significant shifts in malicious traffic, both geographically and at the TCP-port level. In Australia, increased user security awareness apparently pays off—the average cost of a cyber crime drops.
Quantum computing (driven by big data and scientific computing needs) and quantum cryptography (driven by business privacy needs) move closer to the market.
In Senate testimony, NSA Director Alexander corrects (downward) his earlier claims of surveillance success against terror.