ISIS stays on message, burnishing its image through varied information operations.
Local disputes give rise to cyber-rioting in the Balkans and the Caucasus.
Chinese cyber espionage continues apace, with Australian lawyers (whose networks after all contain significant client data, including sensitive business information) noticeably in the crosshairs. Subversion of iCloud in China also continues, and observers note that whoever's responsible has an appetite for login credentials.
"Pawn Storm," which Trend Micro calls "an active economic and political cyber-espionage operation," has a target list strongly suggestive of Russian security services as the guiding intelligence. Further investigation of "Energetic Bear" and "Dragonfly" leads some (like F-Secure) to conclude that pharma and biotech were at least as significant targets as energy, and that the cyber campaign's goal may have been preparation for large-scale economic disruption.
Windows zero-days CVE-2014-6352 and CVE-2014-4114 (Sandworm) continue to be exploited in the wild. (Microsoft has made a Fixit available, and HP urges everyone to install it.)
A new Koler worm variant infests Android systems, spreading by SMS.
Widespread malvertising on many networks — AOL and Yahoo among them — is distributing CryptoWall ransomware.
A remote code execution vulnerability is reported in Cisco's Ironport WSA Telnetd.
NIST issues its Federal cloud roadmap.
The judge presiding over alleged SilkRoad kingpin Ross Ulbricht's trial is subjected to unusually vicious darknet doxing whose stated goal is helping drug cartels to kill her and her family.
Baltimore artist Claire Girodie is commissioned to create a work of art for November's Women in Cyber Security reception.