Several new exploits appear in the wild, including more problems for Java (but see the SANS Institute's suggestions about why you might need Java before you disable it). Another iPhone passcode vulnerability is found, as are a certified banking Trojan, a Japanese word-processor zero-day, and SMS-stealing malware.
In news from the various fronts of the cyber cold war, Bruce Schneier is concerned that Chinese attacks are needlessly fueling a cyber arms race. InformationWeek, however, suggests you "focus on the sorry state of your information security defenses" instead of obsessing over the People's Liberation Army. In any case, the relationship between the US and China is far more complex than simple war or peace.
Stuxnet returns to the news in a big way with the revelation that its precursors were quietly at work against Iran as early as 2005, prompting the Huffington Post to say that as far as this cyber cold war is concerned "the West started it."
"Cyber war" has apparently become sufficiently elastic to encompass electromagnetic pulse—a secondary effect of a nuclear detonation.
The Intelligence Community seeks to preserve capability in the coming austerity of US Federal budget cuts. US Defense Department mobile device policy shifts will prompt a scramble among device and service providers. Industry leaders participating in the Cloud Security Alliance Summit say cyber labor shortfalls put their organizations at risk.
The University of Maryland University College's president, noting that demand for cyber workers exceeds supply, challenges academia and industry to help close the gap.