Sahara and Sahel territorial disputes prompt a bit of Moroccan Ghost cyber-rioting against Nigeria.
Yesterday's NSA-themed episode of CBS "60 Minutes" retailed allegations of an unnamed nation's attempt at wholesale bricking of PCs.
As Bitcoin's (and Litecoin's) bubble inflates, cybercriminals step up both theft and special-purpose malware development. A "practical joke" of typical motiveless malice circulating on 4Chan tells the unwary they can activate a secret Mac Bitcoin miner with a simple Unix command. Don't: the command deletes the gullible and greedy's files.
While CryptoLocker and its competitors continue to circulate, signs of a coming ransomware kit appear on the cyber black market. Elsewhere in that black market one can subscribe to a service that rents access to machines compromised by RDPs ("really dumb passwords").
Google reports Gmail now scans inline images for malware. (Gmail's recent change in policy for displaying images hasn't been so welcome: Naked Security tells how to circumvent display-by-default.)
Financial exchanges continue progress toward collaborative cyber defense. Raytheon and Prolexic announce new cyber facilities (and jobs) in Texas and Florida, respectively. Security consigliere Bruce Schneier leaves British Telecom.
In a story that will surprise no one familiar with intelligence history, the New York Times reports on the expanding and unrestricted ambit of French government cyber operations.
UK policy will require corporate focus on supply chain cyber security.
The US intelligence policy review panel report was delivered. It's not yet released, but one recommendation has apparently been rejected: NSA and Cyber Command will retain a common leader.