We can expect to see a surge in hacktivism over the next three weeks as important anniversaries arrive: October 30 (the day Ottoman Turkey surrendered in the First World War), November 1 (the disestablishment of the Caliphate), and, of course, November 5 (Guy Fawkes Day). We see a preview of this activity in cyber rioting in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Algeria, and Pakistan (this last spilling over into the UK).
RedHack and Anonymous have already promised big things for November 5. While such threats have more often than not fizzled, it would be imprudent to ignore them.
The Syrian Electronic Army is back, with weekend attacks on Qatar.
Malicious email troubles British Internet users. Fake Chrome and Adobe Flash updates are also circulating as convincing malware vectors. PRNewswire recovers from an attack that appears linked to the recent Adobe exploit.
South African banks work to contain the Dexter attacks. A similar campaign—Apollo—is active in Eastern Europe.
Researchers note a melancholy trend: children now regard cyber-bullying as a normal part of life.
Former US Vice President Cheney was concerned enough about medical device hacking to take steps to secure his pacemaker.
In industry news, QinetiQ seems ready to sell its QNA unit. Sino-US cyber tensions have recently receded behind the Snowden affair, but Huawei reopens the question of a modus vivendi by proposing an independent safeguard regime.
More NSA allegations prompt a diplomatic backlash from France and Mexico. Also, NSA reportedly delayed installation of insider-threat detection tools at Snowden's former workplace.