The Syrian Electronic Army counted coup thrice against Microsoft over the weekend, hacking two of the company's official Twitter accounts and its TechNet blog.
Elsewhere in the Middle East, Israeli sources dismiss claims that Iran (or Iranian-inspired hacktivists) hacked Israeli airlines as "psychological warfare." (The reports were disturbing in that they boasted an ability to take down aircraft in flight.) And the Voice of Russia circulates unconfirmed reports that twenty-eight embassies in Tehran were infected with data-mining malware.
East-European cyber-criminal forum "Verified" is hacked and exposed by a rival gang.
Neiman Marcus and other US retailers report Target-like (although not Target-scale) data breaches. The Target caper continues to grow in size and seriousness: more than 100M records, many belonging to non-customers, are now believed to have been compromised. Target confirms finding malware in its point-of-sale devices. Some analysts call the known scope of the Target breach "the tip of the iceberg," and expect more retailers to discover similar problems in their own networks.
Yahoo! finds its exploitation by a Bitcoin-mining botnet more extensive than previously believed, with more infections outside Europe (mostly in Asia) than within.
An undocumented firmware backdoor is found in some Cisco routers; Cisco promises to close it as soon as possible.
Oracle will issue "hundreds" of patches tomorrow. (Microsoft is expected to release only four.)
Surveillance backlash continues to bedevil US companies' international market position. (Canadian firms seek to benefit). President Obama is expected to announce his plans for the future of surveillance policy this Friday.