Reports from the region indicate that eleven private banks in Israel have been hit by a denial-of-service campaign mounted by Tunisian hacktivists. The cause is, as usual, support of Palestine.
Cyber criminals are selling counterfeit (and risky) versions of popular Android and iOS apps.
Network Time Protocol (NTP) attacks spiked last week, but seem now to have trailed off. The threat is nonetheless worth considering: the NTP version of a distributed denial-of-service attack abuses the monlist command in older versions of NTP, sending a small, spoofed query that requests a large amount of data. Symantec recommends either disabling monlist or upgrading NTP implementations to current versions.
Thieves in Europe are compromising ATMs by physically drilling into them, installing malware, patching the hole, then returning at some later time to withdraw cash illicitly from the terminal. The hack withdraws whatever cash a particular machine holds rather than draining customer accounts.
Scammers posing as recruiters infest LinkedIn at increasing rates. Hackers have shut down League of Legends and other massively multiplayer online game sites; in some cases they may have swatted players (that is, summoned police to a residence with a spoofed distress call—a very dangerous prank).
In industry news, disappointed vendors are swamping the US Department of Homeland Security's EAGLE II contract with protests. Midsized firms are showing an increased need (and appetite) for encryption technology.
US military services reduce their cyber attack surface by consolidating network access points: the Air Force has fused 120 such points into 16 gateways.