Today is (off-year) Election Day in the US, coincidentally NSA's birthday, and, of course, Guy Fawkes Day. Anonymous is marking this last holiday with various protests, but so far with limited hacking success.
The National offers a post mortem on the Syrian Electronic Army's October campaign against Qatar: it was a "low-risk" operation.
In the UK, fears of bugging have led HM Government to exclude iPads from cabinet meetings.
Cisco warns customers that it detected a big spike in port-zero reconnaissance traffic over the weekend. CryptoLocker continues to spread, and Russian criminals are distributing NSA-themed ransomware. Dr. Web thinks Trojan.ibank's scanning for SAP applications foreshadows a campaign against ERP and business-critical software. Fake LinkedIn profiles are being used to gather information for social engineering (cf. Emily Williams and Robin Sage).
Skeptical analysts keep an eye out for BadBios. The recent Adobe hack attracts more scrutiny of poor practices. Unusually cynical criminals replace the familiar Nigerian 419 scam with Syrian-themed fraud exploiting trusting solicitude for that unfortunate country's misery.
In industry news, Dell is now private. BlackBerry struggles with its ongoing attempts at a fire sale; its customers turn to Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. Fishnet Security buys TorreyPoint. Congratulations to the SINET 16 (see the link for a full list).
It appears that Brazil itself has engaged in Brasilia-based electronic surveillance of US, Russian, Iranian, and Iraqi diplomats. South Korea's Defense Minister may be on the way out over allegations of his Cyber Command's misconduct. US debate over NSA's future continues.