Coincidentally or not, as Russian operations against Ukraine become increasingly kinetic and even less plausibly deniable, and as the OSCE meets in Vienna to seek a European response to the crisis, cyber attacks strike Norwegian oil companies and US banks.
Fifty Norwegian oil and energy companies have been hacked; another two hundred fifty have been warned to check their networks. Norway's National Security Authority believes it has a good idea of who's responsible for the attacks, but is for the moment refraining from attribution.
Across the Atlantic, JPMorgan Chase and perhaps four other Wall Street banks appear to have been subjected to cyber attacks earlier this month. The FBI is investigating, and the media report strong evidence of Russian responsibility. Observers note that, while sensitive information appears to have been stolen, it appears not to have been used by criminals. While this argues for state rather than criminal activity, absence of crime isn't by itself definitive evidence of espionage. (The Telegraph does note that Russia's Foreign Ministry has criticized JP Morgan Chase for blocking payments in accordance with US sanctions.) While the coordinated attacks could ultimately result in customer losses, they could also enable market manipulation (in many respects a more troubling threat).
Backoff point-of-sale malware continues its spread, and the PCI Council issues retailers a call-to-action.
The International Chamber of Commerce warns the maritime industry that cyber risk to shipping has significantly risen.
In industry news, analysts look at HP and think it's preparing for a cyber security acquisition.