ISIS works to co-opt the few journalists remaining in the territory it controls, bringing them into its information operations campaign. That campaign has gained an imitator, if not actually a collaborator, in Nigeria's murderous Boko Haram, which has also declared a caliphate and upped its social media game.
ISIS-sympathizing trolls (probably of the useful-idiot, agent-of-influence variety) surface to harass US military personnel and their families online. (Canadian researchers coincidentally release a psychological profile of trolls, whose findings Forbes glosses as "Internet trolls really are psychos," with "psycho" intended in an extra-scientific, moral acceptation. The researchers claim trolls represent an incorrigible psychological type.
China's not easing up on Hong Kong. One emblematic arrest: a poet's hauled in for tweeting a picture of himself holding an umbrella in front of a Taiwanese flag while making a demotic gesture, presumably in the direction of Beijing, with his middle finger. Taiwan's premier warns of an accelerating Chinese cyber-attack optempo.
Cyber-rioting, mostly from Pakistan, flares again in the Indian subcontinent.
A new botnet, "Qbot," attributed to Russian cyber gangs, sniffs online transactions at five large US banks. Qbot is believed to have compromised 500,000 PCs, apparently by exploiting unpatched Windows XP and Windows 7 vulnerabilities.
A misconfigured server at MBIA, the largest US bond insurer, has (according to KrebsOnSecurity) exposed sensitive customer information, much already indexed by search engines.
DNS problems with Belkin routers lock many out of the Internet.
Symantec may break itself into storage and security companies. Splintering HP promises growth through acquisition.