Iraq's government moves to block social media as ISIS insurgents adeptly use Twitter in information operations.
With #OpWorldCup Anonymous succeeds in counting coup against various Brazilian sites. The principal successes appear to have been data breaches (achieved through phishing); denials-of-service and webpage defacements are also reported.
US officials (and satellite users) mull the significance of an increasingly sophisticated Chinese anti-satellite capability. While kinetic interceptors will draw the most headlines, cyber attack is the more proximate threat.
Rex Mundi's attack on French and Belgian Domino's Pizza has exposed the personal information of 650,000 customers and is now revealed as a cyber extortion caper: the crooks want €30,000 or they'll publish the stolen data. (One of our stringers remains shaken by the news that 650,000 francophones apparently eat take-out pizza.)
Last week's P.F. Chang's hack remains under investigation, with analysts so far seeing little stolen paycard data offered for sale. The Digital Citizens Alliance criticizes Google for not doing more to eliminate blackmarket paycard advertising from YouTube.
Caveat emptor: G DATA reports finding pre-loaded malware in Star's N9500 Android phone.
A new banking remote access Trojan (RAT), called either "Dyreza" or "Dyre," has surfaced. It introduces novel man-in-the-middle functionality. CSIS says Bank of America, Natwest, Citibank, RBS, and Ulsterbank are among the targets.
"Svpeng" financial ransomware has moved on from Russian targets and is now active in the US. In some good news, a decryption solution for Simplelocker has been released.
In the UK, GCHQ expands both web surveillance and cyber-intelligence sharing.