Security agencies worldwide brace for calendar driven terrorist attacks (US Independence Day, Ramadan, UK Armed Forces Day, etc.) with their estimates significantly informed by intelligence collected online. One trend noted: as Reuters puts is "There's no such thing as a lone wolf in cyberspace." Alienation, specious communities, and online disinhibition create virtual cells whose common purposes require no central direction.
Saudi Arabia and Iran sharpen regional cyber competition.
The US Office of Personal Management (OPM) takes down its e-QIP online questionnaire (used in security clearance background investigations) as a "proactive measure." Information collected on the SF-86 forms includes not only about individuals applying for clearances, but about their colleagues, relatives, and neighbors. Observers wonder when the Government will notify these other people that aspects of their identity is at risk, but this question seems largely rhetorical — the challenge of doing so is enormous. E-QIP is expected to be down for about six weeks.
Calls for OPM Director Archuleta's resignation grow louder, her fifteen-point security plan widely seen as too little, too late.
Leaked documents allege US surveillance of French corporate and Foreign Ministry targets.
A vulnerability last week's Adobe Flash patch closed is already being exploited in the wild, evidence of how short the re-engineering cycle has become when patches disclose the bugs they fix.
Damballa reports CryptoWall ransomware has been observed riding click-fraud campaigns.
Criminals are spreading Dyre malware through compromised wireless routers.
Many popular virtual private networks (VPNs) are reported to be exposing user data through IPv6 leakage.