China suffered a widespread, albeit brief, Internet outage Tuesday. DNS poisoning is suspected, and the Chinese government has been leaning toward the conclusion that the event was indeed a cyber attack. There are some indications that hacktivists sympathetic to the officially out-of-favor Falun Gong movement were involved.
Cyber-rioting continues in the Caucasus, most recently in the form of Azerbaijani attacks on Armenian government Websites.
CrowdStrike reports that the Russian government has adopted its Chinese counterpart's cyber espionage "play book"—economic gain, says CrowdStrike, is the leading Russian goal in cyber operations.
The Miami New Times alleges that a Florida networking company with possible ties to Iran's government may have been responsible for cyber attacks against Syrian rebels hitherto attributed to the Syrian Electronic Army.
Reports on the Target breach are slowing down, as security companies have second thoughts about speculation and disclosure.
Electronic messaging—texts and emails—are used to intimidate Ukrainian dissidents and threaten German Olympians.
The US Department of Homeland Security warns some 100 contractors that a breach in its web portal resulted in unauthorized access to potentially sensitive documents.
Potential cyber terrorism, particularly threats to critical infrastructure, worries European Union policy makers.
VMWare has acquired mobile security company AirWatch for nearly $1.5B. IBM will sell its x86 server business to Lenovo for $2.3B. BoozAllen is competing for US government insider threat business.
The World Economic Forum in Davos begins a two-year study of the "post-Snowden Internet."
Convicted hacker Mitchell Frost offers insight into hacktivist mind and motivation.