A few notes on surveillance open a slow news week.
Google alleges that France's Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d'Information (ANSSI) has created unauthorized digital certificates for some Google domains. ANSSI says it was a glitch—"human error, which was made during a process aimed at strengthening overall IT security."
Svierges Television reports that Swedish government surveillance of Russian targets (specifically in the energy industry) was significantly an industrial espionage campaign.
The New York Times reports that GCHQ and NSA have been monitoring the MMORGPs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) Second Life and World of Warcraft. The headline makes the effort sound rather insane ("Elves and Trolls"), but MMORGPs could easily lend themselves to terrorist communication, hence their attractiveness as surveillance targets.
The SANS Institute reports a suspected active Bovnix botnet controller. The Royal Bank of Scotland group remains under sporadic attack—an attempt on NatWest disrupts Ulster Bank's online services. Trend Micro claims to have identified a cyber criminal gang responsible for recent exploits using Ice IX and Zbot. The gang's center is Nigeria, but has international reach.
Religious-themed apps have been seen leaking user data to third parties. Some of this is an "affinity scam"; treat such apps with appropriate circumspection.
Huawei ups its position in the South Korean market. In the US, Ixia completes acquisition of Net Optics, Inc.
The US Administration continues to mull changes to surveillance policy. That policy continues to drive trends toward IT protectionism and autarchy.
Anonymous PayPal DDoS hackers plead guilty.