Anonymous frontruns Guy Fawkes Day (tomorrow, November 5), claiming weekend exploits in Australia, Singapore, and Estonia. Singapore denies having sustained any attacks, but has stiffened its cyber defenses.
Newly observed malware appears to be targeting SAP users—it checks infected systems for installation of SAP client applications. CryptoLocker offers its victims more sophisticated ways of paying ransom. Analysts continue to examine the very large claims made for badBios; they remain interested but skeptical. Webroot follows the ongoing commodification of products offered in the cyber black market.
Lloyd's publishes an opinion piece entreating the shipping industry to take its cyber threats more seriously. Internet analysts see "ghettoization" of poor countries as threatening both security and commerce.
Huawei acknowledges it's got a security image problem. Swisscom, in a national tradition of privacy, offers cloud services to customers leery of US providers in the wake of NSA surveillance allegations. BlackBerry fails to find a buyer, changes its leadership, and seeks loans.
Google improves Chrome security features and remediation for compromised websites.
NIST plans to review its cyber guidance with a view to recovering some trust it fears it's lost. Security experts advise companies to monitor the deepweb: the opposition certainly does.
Germany and Brazil lead the trend toward—perhaps "wish for" is more accurate—Internet autarchy. US electronic surveillance policy continues to provoke chilly reactions internationally (tu quoque embarrassment aside) and domestically. NSA and State find themselves at odds over surveillance, Congress seeks to mollify European allies, and Defense may itself separate NSA from Cyber Command.