Social media prove well adapted for command and control of increasingly decentralized (yet coordinated) terrorist groups like IS, which the chief of the Dutch intelligence service likens to a "swarm." (Twitter in particular is rapidly gaining users among IS recruiting pools.) The Arab League votes to take "urgent measures" against "extremists." The declaration is short on specifics, but one would expect such measures to include information operations.
Informed observers speculate that the Spark-enabled denial-of-service campaign that peaked over the weekend was reprisal for Eastern European countries' and international banks' participation in sanctions against Russia. Its bots were gathered by phishing New Zealanders with promises of leaked celebrity pictures.
Home Depot acknowledges, finally and after investigation, that it was breached. Observers' consensus is that BlackPOS malware was used. A wave of debit card fraud may have originated in the breach — banks are noticing fraudulent attempts to reset PINs, and the crooks appear to have card expiration dates, as well as card owners' dates of birth and the last four digits of their social security numbers. Stores in the US and Canada were affected, but online purchasing and stores in Mexico appear to have escaped.
Salesforce warns its users to beware the Dyreza banking Trojan's attentions.
The "Kyle and Stan" malvertising network is enjoying unwelcome success.
Ransomware watchers report a surge in Kovter screenlocker infections.
NATO's Wales Summit concluded with some frank talk for Russia.
Observers think the FBI was more active against Silk Road (and TOR?) than the Bureau's account suggests.