ISIS, embarrassed (and slightly impoverished) by the recent catphishing con job it sustained, continues its information operations over social media and other Internet outlets. Still, observers wonder whether celebration of lurid cruelty and calls to bring about the end of the world may have reached the point of diminishing returns.
Russian cyberespionage tools receive researchers' attention, and well-equipped criminal gangs continue work that country and the Near Abroad, especially Belarus and Ukraine. Some old kits (like Turla) get upgraded. In the US, DNI Clapper quietly calls for development of deterrence in cyberspace — he wishes to establish the "substance and psychology" of a deterrent — as FireEye characterizes relations among Russia, the US, China, and (a distant but not insignificant fourth) Iran as an online cold war.
Trend Micro reports on alternative modes of Stagefright exploitation.
Bitdefender reports sustaining a breach and receiving an extortion demand, but says the risk to customers is low.
The FBI says it's seeing a spike in denial-of-service extortion capers.
Researchers raise Internet-of-things goosebumps with reports of GM OnStar car vulnerabilities and a demonstration of a hacked "smart sniper rifle." Team Cymru and Control Global put such IoT worries in grim perspective, noting that of course hacks have real-world consequences, and that indeed control system cyber flaws have caused casualties.
In industry news, stock analysts of FireEye post-quarterly results provide a glimpse at how the markets view a cyber sector story stock.
The US Commerce Department responds — commendably — to criticism by pulling proposed Wassenaar rules for revision.