CSO advises companies to raise their vigilance against malware during periods of political crisis. Four crises at least currently warrant such increased vigilance: Russian appetite for Ukraine and Georgia (with Donets and Abkhazia on the menu, and a Russian-led trade union in the near abroad as dessert), Chinese assertion of territorial rights in the South China Sea (Vietnam is in the cyber crosshairs, the Philippines next), and Thailand's recent coup d'état (accompanied by ongoing information operations).
iSight reports on Iranian intelligence operations against the US. They involve traditional espionage tradecraft adapted to cyberspace.
The ransomware campaign exploiting the iLock feature on Apple devices (possibly enabled by compromised iCloud credentials) has spread from Australia and New Zealand to California.
Another new ransomware effort (and CryptoLocker competitor) CryptoDefense, recently investigated by Bromium, is causing concern, but there may be good news: flawed implementation of the malware has enabled some victims to recover their files.
Encryption darling TrueCrypt has apparently taken itself down. A warning against using it appeared on the TrueCrypt site yesterday along with a recommendation to switch to Bitlocker. Some observers think this may be a hack—the text on the relevant page had the short look of defacement—but the emerging consensus holds that TrueCrypt is indeed gone.
Researchers find vulnerabilities in NICE Systems' lawful intercept products.
Siemens patches Rugged OS.
Neither China nor the US is backing down from their mutual cyber recriminations. One consequence appears to be a pop in Chinese tech stocks.
Edward Snowden wants to come home.