Although many such promised operations have fizzled, the Israeli government is taking precautions against a threatened pro-Palestinian cyber action this weekend: Israel is restricting foreign access to some of its governmental websites until Monday.
Incapsula provides details on a large denial-of-service campaign it detected this week. The application layer DDoS attack exploited compromised browsers.
"UPATRE" malware (notorious in its own right, and also for distributing Zeus and Cryptolocker) evolves into a more dangerous form, adding attachment-within-attachment evasion features.
Malwarebytes notes threat evolution elsewhere: an unusually convincing phishing site that spoofs Google login, warns users of "outdated plug-ins," and invites them to download "updates." The updates are, of course, malware of an unusually difficult to detect variety.
An iOS flaw enables thieves to disable Apple's Find My iPhone and bypass anti-theft Activation Lock, thereby enabling them to prepare stolen iPhones for resale.
Castle Clash's developers say they've got nothing to do with the catphishing bots infesting Tinder—Castle Clash is a victim, too.
Among previews of next week's Patch Tuesday are farewells to Windows XP and notes on fixes to the Outlook zero-day that enabled infections through the Preview pane.
Former NSA Director Hayden dismisses the threat of cyber terrorism as a mere bugaboo: cyber espionage, he says, is the real threat. Regulators in both the US and the EU want banks, especially smaller banks, to increase their cyber security posture.
The US Congress pushes data sharing. US agencies look to automation to fill cyber labor gaps. Rogers takes over at NSA.