Syria's civil war continues in cyberspace, spilling over onto UN Websites.
AP, Forbes, and AFP (relying on Der Spiegel) report fresh allegations of NSA operations to compromise hardware and monitor traffic over trans-oceanic telecom cables. (A note to Forbes, however: that octopus logo you're featuring in your coverage is an NRO payload mission patch, not an NSA design. Cool logo, by the way, NRO.)
The Black Friday Target point-of-sale compromise is now known to have included customer PINs. Target claims its encryption limits the risk to customers.
In the UK, a Russian cyber criminal hacked BBC servers over the Christmas holiday and sold access on the black market. NatWest bank suffered a denial–of–service attack.
Symantec observes a quiet but large NTP reflection campaign in the wild. Researchers complain that Snapchat's phone number searches are too easy, and thus a threat to privacy. Other researchers report vulnerabilities in SD cards.
In industry news, US companies continue to face surveillance–related headwinds in international sales.
In France, researchers at INRIA report a crypto breakthrough: an algorithm that, for certain classes of problems, efficiently solves the discrete logarithm problem underlying several modern cryptosystems.
A US Federal judge in New York rules, contra his counterpart in the District of Columbia, that NSA surveillance is legal after all. The conflicting rulings will no doubt move the case to the US Supreme Court.
Snowden promises to raise his media profile in 2014; the former head of Britain's MI5 predicts the US will make a deal with him.