ISIS insurgents (who appear to have Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan queued up for attention once they re-establish their simulacrum of a caliphate in Iraq) are finding social media a two-edged weapon: as cyber conflict rises in parallel with the fighting, parties unknown are tweeting sensitive information about ISIS plans and operations.
Anonymous announces another action against the energy sector: oil companies in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are named as targets.
Apparent Russian government hacking of recent Ukrainian elections came close to achieving their complete disruption. The Christian Science Monitor reports that experts see the episode as an unhappy foreshadowing of future election problems worldwide.
As the HM Government announces broader cyber-sharing with British industry, it also says government networks have been breached by foreign cyber espionage operations. (The espionage is unattributed, but the UK and China have been at cyber loggerheads for some time. These tensions aside, the two countries are said to be working toward closer cyber law enforcement collaboration.)
Several stories on malware evolution offer further insight into how the Internet (and especially its shadier, black-market precincts) can give cyber criminals a supple and responsive R&D capability.
Microsoft discloses and fixes a vulnerability in its Malware Protection Engine. The bug could expose users of several Microsoft products to denial-of-service attacks.
Advances in mobile device technology pose forensic analysts new technical and legal challenges.
Dark Reading looks at the cyber insurance market and discerns a big problem: no "evidence-based method" to assess cyber risk profiles.