Israeli officials tentatively attribute recent attacks on industry and government sites to the Chinese "defense industry." Elsewhere in Israel Carmel Tunnel problems remain controversial, with skeptics questioning hacking reports.
November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, beloved by Anonymous, approaches. Observers believe they discern chatter indicating an #OpNSA denial-of-service campaign in the works. The nominally independent but clearly state-supported Syrian Electronic Army assumes an implausible (nonetheless embarrassing) rhetorical high ground, claiming ethical motives for recent exploits.
The Internet Storm Center warns of an "exploit cocktail" targeting three-month old (yet unpatched) vulnerabilities. Attack Secure describes vulnerabilities in Facebook apps for Android exposing user access tokens. The fuss over LinkedIn's new "Intro" feature continues: LinkedIn defends it; researchers call it a man-in-the-middle attack waiting to happen.
Security agencies in the UK and Netherlands warn their business communities against rising cyber crime levels. (The approaching holidays also should prompt businesses everywhere to be on their guard.) Law firms recently worried about becoming the hacker's "soft underbelly" of commerce, but NGOs and not-for-profits shouldn't be overlooked: they offer similarly attractive attack surfaces.
Surveillance allegations give Google a stiff headwind in Brazilian markets. Australia's new government will not relax security strictures against Huawei's participation in national broadband initiatives.
Industry reviews NIST's draft cyber guidelines. Battelle sets a 2015 goal for practical quantum cryptography.
US surveillance travails continue, as the President considers "constraints" and IC staffers feel (off-the-record) hung out to dry. On the record, DNI Clapper releases more FISA documents. Former NSA-defender Senator Feinstein executes a volte-face.