Another news outlet (the Washington Post) is hacked for login credentials: China is the suspect.
Ransomware, both CryptoLocker and its younger, less capable cousin Browlock, continue to worry security analysts. McAfee sees ransomware's threat to businesses growing in 2014.
The alleged, apparent, BT backdoor seems less sinister: the suspicious addresses may have been chosen simply because they're pseudo–private and non–routable.
The airline industry grapples with the usual holiday wave of malware-bearing spam: KULUOZ is being delivered by attachments representing themselves as confirmations and e–tickets.
US retailer Target investigates a very large data breach that exposed customer paycard records; the Secret Service has also been called in. The breach seems to have occurred in–store, not online.
Paunch's arrest and its attendant disruption of Blackhole distribution continue to roil criminal markets (the Cutwail botnet is particularly affected).
The US Federal Election Commission was hacked in October, probably by Chinese operators.
Pro-Bitcoin hacktivists retaliate against China's restrictive virtual currency policy in attacks on that country's central bank.
The US Department of Homeland Security wants cloud providers to purchase insurance for their services.
The US President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies has reported, and the White House released their findings and recommendations late yesterday. The report, "Liberty and Security in a Changing World," receives mixed reviews, but consensus finds it less supine than generally expected. It recommends an end to government attempts to undermine cryptography, restrictions on domestic and foreign data collection, and civilianization of NSA leadership.
Lawyers dissect Klayman v. Obama.