As the Russo-Ukrainian conflict appears dangerously close to entering a new kinetic phase encompassing eastern Ukraine, the nongovernmental think tank US Cyber Consequences Unit publishes a retrospective on the cyber aspects of the crisis.
IsraelDefense blames Hamas for a recent malicious SMS campaign, and warns that mass media channels are in the crosshairs of politically motivated hacktivists.
The multi-purpose, cross-platform Zorenium bot now affects iOS systems. "Cribit" ransomware, now delivered by a Windows Trojan, is demanding payment in Bitcoins. Several other cyber capers try to give criminals access to a range of crypto currencies.
Good news: the recently discovered Microsoft Word/Outlook zero-day seems not to affect Word Pad. Bad news: Trend Micro finds a new family of worms, "CRIGENT," a.k.a. "PowerWorm," using Windows PowerShell to infect Word and Excel files.
Researchers at Northeastern University warn that careless GUI development practices are dramatically increasing endpoint attack surfaces.
Cisco patches vulnerabilities in its Internetwork Operating System Software.
Another call for better information sharing appears in the INSA Cyber Council's Cyber Intelligence Task Force's new white paper advocating more attention to strategic intelligence.
Wired thinks the lawsuit two banks filed this week against Target and its security assessment partner Trustwave will ("finally") expose the limitations of security audits.
The financial sector has the reputation of being more cyber-savvy than most. But smaller financial advisor practices may be an exception—industry sheet Financial Planning warns a single breach can kill a practice.
US President Obama's telephony metadata collection reforms are scrutinized, to mixed reviews.