Italian lawful-intercept shop the Hacking Team was breached yesterday. Some of the apparently leaked documents suggest the firm's willingness to take on repressive or authoritarian regimes as customers. At least thirty-six countries are named in accounts of the company's customer list; they represent a mixed political bag. The Hacking Team claims much of the data were falsified, and says it's working with Italian police to track down the attackers, but many observers are skeptical.
Various sites in India come under attack, some by Pakistani hacktivists, others by "AnonOpsIndia."
Wikileaks pushes out more documents alleged US surveillance of German and Brazilian targets. Germany's Foreign Ministry wants "clarification" from the US.
The Japan Pension Service is undergoing its own version of the OPM data breach (observers fix upon failure to encrypt databases). Meanwhile, late Independence Day evening, OPM itself releases an update on its own breach. The update mostly reiterates the agency's concern for individuals affected by the data theft.
In ransomware news, Plex is hit by a hacker's demand for Bitcoin payments, and Heimdal reports seeing CrytoWall delivered through Google Drive.
Twitter patches security issues in Periscope.
Many sectors are warned to expect increased attention from cyber criminals: airlines, mining, and healthcare receive particular mention.
In industry news, AVG acquires Privax. Analysts look at the coming Symantec and HP breakups, and see Cisco pushing further into the security market.
NIST's instructions on protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in nonfederal information systems appear.
The FBI puts out rewards for information on cyber criminals.