As police in Italy and elsewhere round up terror suspects whose online activity contributes evidence of intent, many speculate about how to counter the online operations of groups like ISIS. Some call for social media self-regulation, others for "positive" counter-narratives, still others for ways of subverting encryption. (This last approach continues to be a matter of fierce policy, if not technical, debate. The Washington Post makes the case for "golden keys;" Motherboard and BoingBoing push back hard.) The problem is this: inspiration is harder to combat than direction. The wolves may be lone, but they hear the pack howling on the Internet.
The story of Jeep-hacking on Missouri roads has wheels: it spurs legislation, consideration of responsibility for automotive security, calls for in-car network segregation, and hopes for new DCMA exemptions. (Also concerns about where and when researchers demonstrate hacks.)
This week's cyber story stocks include Palo Alto Networks, Check Point, and Fortinet; the sector's incipient unicorn is Darktrace. An online but non-cyber business having a bad week is AshleyMadison's corporate parent, whose recent breach appears to have killed its plans for an IPO.
WordPress and Oracle patch.
Canada announces plans to increase cyber spending.
The US decision not to formally attribute the OPM hack to China is seen as evidence of American intention to distinguish traditional intelligence operations from criminal hacking. China is newly suspected of a watering hole attack against the (international) Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Snowden would like to return to the US (on his own terms).