Chinese media continue to blame the country's recent Internet outage on hacktivists (Falun Gong prominently mentioned in dispatches), but outsiders aren't so sure: they think that in this case the Great Firewall may have jammed itself.
The Assad's Syrian Electronic Army is back, and it's after CNN Twitter accounts. (They were quickly ejected.) InfoSecurity Magazine runs an SEA overview that predicts the state-coordinated group will become more active in 2014.
Neiman Marcus releases more information on its part of the BlackPOS/Kaptoxa campaign. The US FBI warns retailers to expect more of the same. Industry observers think Target's cyber insurance policy may not hold up if the insurers find compliance issues in the company's security posture.
Researchers at Sweden's Karlstad University find a small number of Tor exit relays sniffing traffic and conducting man-in-the-middle attacks, thus reminded us that "anonymous" isn't synonymous with "secure."
The researcher who developed it has published the Chrome eavesdropping exploit. Google dismisses it as a stunt, and no real threat.
Krebs reports that Foscam IP cameras and baby monitors are vulnerable to exploitation by snoops with access to their IP address.
Crowdstrike's 2013 retrospective continues to draw attention, particularly in its conclusions that fifty groups dominate global cyber crime, and that Russia is engaged in a sustained campaign targeting the energy sector.
Attention small businesses: Cisco patches its widely reported unauthorized access vulnerability.
McAfee observes a disturbing rise in security-aware malware, showing again the inadequacy of legacy perimeter and signature-based defenses.
The European Court scrutinizes GCHQ.