An Israeli officer claims Iran has been involved in pro-Hamas cyber attacks (mostly account hijacking) during the current Gaza conflict.
Cyber-rioting continues to accompany physical protests over the police shooting in Missouri (USA). Anonymous has been heavily engaged, with damage to its brand as it wrongly identifies police officers involved. Observers are unaccountably surprised at an anarcho-syndicalist collective behaving anarchically. ("Unprofessional," HackRead primly calls the hactivists.)
Der Spiegel reports that the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) "inadvertently" intercepted phone calls of two US Secretaries of State (Clinton and Kerry). (Lost in the English translations are reports of more extensive and systematic BND interest in Turkish government communications.)
Two major breaches have come to light. US supermarket chains belonging to Supervalu and AB Acquisition had their networks penetrated by hackers; investigation is ongoing. And Community Health Systems reports that personal information belonging to 2.4 million people has been stolen from its systems. Mandiant, which is providing forensic support to the healthcare company, is quoted as attributing the breach to a Chinese APT group. This incident, too, remains under investigation.
As Gameover Zeus continues its unwelcome return from oblivion, researchers find that the Cridex malware family has adapted some of the features that gave Zeus pride-of-place among crimeware.
Stuxnet's lingering presence is another reason to move away from Windows XP.
Microsoft pulls one of last week's patches — MS14-045 — after finding it induces a blue screen of death.
Lenovo continues its long slog through US regulatory agencies en route to acquisition of IBM and Google units.