June 4 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, with both hacktivists and Chinese security authorities expected to observe it in their diverse ways. Increased social media censorship is already reported in China.
In the Middle East, FireEye reports that the Molerat hacktivists are back. Possibly associated with the "Gaza Hackers Team," the Molerats have reopened campaigns against European and US government agencies with unsophisticated attacks (commonly known malware, no zero-days). FireEye hesitates to attribute control of the Molerats to any government.
The Syrian Electronic Army resumes its hacks against media outlets deemed insufficiently admiring of the Assad regime. CSO describes what it's like to be on the receiving end of the SEA's attentions. Like the Molerats, they're neither particularly skillful nor innovative, but they're a dangerous nuisance nonetheless.
Heartbleed remains a risk, but don't be taken in by Heartbleed-removal phishing.
TrueCrypt may be returning under new management.
An international police effort cripples the GOZeuS botnet and its CryptoLocker payloads, but authorities warn that Windows users in particular should expect a dangerous residual attack wave in about two weeks. The UK's NCA offers some useful advice on protection. FBI investigation has led to the indictment of Russian GOZeus mob boss Evgeniy Bogachev. (US readers will find his mug shot in post offices nationwide.) Information sharing with businesses contributed to the investigation.
A Fedsoop leader calls for formation of a US Federal cyber police agency, but it seems the country may already have one in the FBI's Pittsburgh office.