Data breaches, unrelated to the Kaptoxa criminal campaign, are disclosed in Germany and Canada. Sportswear maker Easton-Bell also falls victim, in its case to an exploit directed against vendor servers.
More information on those responsible for Kaptoxa emerges. Russian criminals were indeed behind the exploit (although the mastermind was not the teenaged prodigy named in early accounts) and their activities show the complexity of the black market (including the black labor market).
Observers make two points about the Kaptoxa episode, neither surprising. First, a significant amount of the data stolen was worthless, and, second, breaches may, apart from the biggest ones, now be accepted as a simple cost-of-doing business. (But such reports of normalization may be premature, as the National Retail Federation and others express strong support for general adoption of chip-and-pin technology.)
Other observers note that perceived privacy violations (like the recent but unrelated SnapChat breach) do more damage to a brand than breaches perceived as security problems.
Google's reCAPTCHA system is under attack by a reCAPTCHA breaking service. Another Google product, its Chrome browser, is reported vulnerable to exploitation for microphone eavesdropping.
Crowdstrike reports a shift in hacktivist tactics: political groups that formerly concentrated on striking primary targets (usually government Websites' appearance or functionality) are increasingly turning their attention to attacks on third parties without any obvious connection to hacktivists' political goals. Current hacktivism shows a mix of old and new.
President Obama's surveillance policy speech gets mixed reviews from Democratic Senators.
Snowden denies being a Russian spy.