Various Islamist factions compete for discredit as they claim the Charlie Hebdo massacres and use of children as executioners.
Fast becoming as familiar (and perhaps as decentralized in use) as the Anonymous Guy Fawkes mask, the CyberCaliphate's checkered shemagh defaces North Korea's Air Koryo Facebook page.
Speculation about hacktivists behind the compromise of US CENTCOM's social media accounts continues to focus on a disaffected Brummie, Jumaid Hussein al-Britani, former Midlands jailbird, current whereabouts unknown, but possibly somewhere in the Levant. His wife said last week he was killed by a drone, but few believe this. The US Army says the CENTCOM hack exposed a "significant number" of retired generals' personal information.
Sucuri reports a vulnerability in Vbulletin to PHP code insertion.
Microsoft researchers detail the most recent enhancements to CryptoWall.
Brazilian banking customers struggle with what observers call a "virtual mugging" that uses the KL-Remote exploit toolkit.
Malvertising with convincing spoofs of legitimate publications is found in Google AdSense. Online advertiser Tum uses an undeletable Verizon tracking number to spawn "zombie cookies." Tum says Verizon told them it was o.k.
American and United airline frequent fliers' user accounts are compromised and miles are reported stolen.
UK PM Cameron will push his widely-criticized views on encryption during his summit with US President Obama. The President's own cyber proposals receive weaker reviews today: observers see RICO prosecutions for innocent online activity, with civil liberties protected only by prosecutorial discretion. (Still, some like the parts granting immunity for sharing data with the Government.)
A note to our readers: the CyberWire will observe Martin Luther King Day and not publish Monday. We'll resume regular publication on Tuesday, January 20.