Mandiant says it's identified individual members of the Chinese hacking group "Comment Crew." It has, moreover, fairly conclusively linked them to a People's Liberation Army cyber espionage organization, "Unit 61398," located in Shanghai. Comment Crew has been implicated in recent attacks on US media outlets.
Another Chinese botmaster has been identified: Zhang Changhe's profession is distributing malware, but he also runs Facebook scams on the side. (He was identified through his own uneasy conscience, which prompted him to confess violations of the Five Precepts of Buddhism in social media fora.)
Information gained from access to Telecom customers' email accounts may enable those who attacked the New Zealand carrier to sweep in victims from other Internet services.
Anonymous threatens the governments of Egypt, Australia, and the Netherlands. The hacktivist "collective" also goes after an investment bank for being a Stratfor client.
BlackBerry warns that TIFF-processing vulnerabilities can be used to compromise BlackBerry Enterprise Server. A malware campaign affects Bulgarian Facebook users. Fake invoices are used to distribute ransomware. IOActive Labs finds many unsecured Internet-connected devices networked with the US Emergency Alert System; expect more zombie apocalypse warnings.
Adobe moves forward with plans to patch Acrobat this week.
Absent extraordinary Congressional action, the US Federal budget will be automatically cut next week. The cyber industry convenes in San Francisco Monday for RSA (we'll follow the event in a special section of the CyberWire).
The United Kingdom and India announce a joint cyber task force. Pirate Bay complains to Finnish police about piracy.