Increased tension in the Korean peninsula has produced an artillery exchange and a North Korean threat of war more credible than usual. Expect cyber operations to accompany escalation.
Bat Blue looks at ISIS sympathizers' recent cyber attacks on sites in Alabama. They're "unsophisticated," but a nuisance, and more are expected.
Chinese cyber operators — whether criminal or governmental is unclear — are prospecting Indian government and university sites. Malicious Word documents are a common vector.
The "Blue Termite" APT group resurfaces in Japan, this time with command-and-control servers located in the target country itself.
US-CERT warns that distributed reflective denial-of-service attacks are spiking, and are exploiting UDP servers for amplification.
A Symantec researcher points out what too few of us seem to have noticed: the number of people affected by the OPM breach is far higher than generally appreciated. Up to 275 million may have been touched by the incident.
A second, bigger tranche of Ashley Madison files is dumped onto the Internet. The "Impact Team" includes emails from Avid Media's CEO to show their data are the real McCoy. The "ripple effect" of the breach, especially from files associated with US dot-gov and dot-mil domains, will produce more than embarrassment, Passcode argues. And TechWeek Europe seconds that with a reading from "the prophet John McAfee." If you're thinking you'd like to see if your data appear in the dump, think twice: there are malicious waterholing sites promising falsely to set your mind at ease.
Public and private information-sharing platforms are discussed.