Turkish hacktivists, this time Kemalist rather than Ottoman, recognize Republic Day by hacking sites they perceive as hostile with Atatürk's image.
An Anonymous cell with an Arabo-Liverpudlian nom de hack claims responsibility for vandalizing Italian university sites (without obvious motive). As Guy Fawkes Day approaches (next Tuesday), big Anonymous calls for physical demonstrations in #OpVendetta, not hacktivism.
A Palestinian hacker seeks renown by pwning Mark Zuckerberg.
Ransomware continues to proliferate. It's retail crime: ordinary users are targets.
Odd episodes are harbingers of exploits in the emerging Internet-of-things: Chinese-made electric kettles (says the Russian press), compromised tradeshow swag, counterfeit money detectors.
Open sources contain interesting information. Consider a 2009 academic paper Chinese researchers published through Elsevier, detailing how the US power grid might be taken down.
Such cyber warfare is much on official minds from Tehran to Beijing (via Tel Aviv, London, Dublin, and Washington). A "cyber Pearl Harbor" is again widely discussed. (But cyber events notoriously can be ambiguous. Pundits might also consider the possibility of a cyber Tonkin Gulf Incident.)
Another historical analogy is also much discussed: the 1970's Church Commission inquiry into the CIA. Fresh allegations of US NSA incursions into Google and Yahoo (denied by NSA's director) seem to bring a Church 2 closer. French authorities recover their momentarily cooled outrage, the Chinese government says it will "take steps" to protect itself, and the Israelis again point out that cyber surveillance is pretty widespread.
Some industry news: interesting new products and a "Dark Mail" project are announced.