The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, whose denial-of-service attacks bothered US banks late last year, are back, and promising a fresh campaign.
The Chinese Army expands accusations of US hacking. It also dismisses reports of offensive operations as "blue team drills." But independent researchers find more circumstantial confirmation of Mandiant's attribution of media attacks to the PLA. Oil Price also discusses a US Department of Homeland Security report detailing an apparent Chinese campaign in 2011 and 2012 against US gas pipeline operators.
Researchers continue to unpack the MiniDuke malware and discover allusions to Dante's Divine Comedy in the code.
A developer demonstrates a new frontier in rickrolling—an easy-to-execute way of stuffing victims' discs with junk data. Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari all appear vulnerable.
Oracle continues to investigate new Java vulnerabilities reported this week.
Dancho Danchev profiles the botnet black market and finds cyber criminals aping sound business practices, market segmentation in particular.
US Federal budget sequestration will hit sometime before midnight tonight. Its effects remain unclear. The US Department of Homeland Security names Lockheed Martin as a commercial cyber security provider that will receive sensitive threat information. General Dynamics believes it will offer Defense-grade security for Android phones commercially within a year. The Guardian Project reports it's close to achieving a way of authenticating videos—a matter of particular interest to human rights groups.
Research universities want an exemption from pending legislation prompted by South Carolina's 2012 data breach.
Bradley Manning pleads guilty and embraces martyrdom for Wikileaks.