Intra-jihadist information ops competition flares in South and Southwest Asia, as Al Qaeda and ISIS compete for mindshare. ISIS may have begun an online market in hostages.
Observers tally up the numbers after the latest US health insurance provider breach and conclude that, from Anthem to Excellus, more than 100 million records have been stolen.
By consensus most of that theft appears, like the OPM breach, to be the work of state espionage services, and the US at least expects to sustain more such incidents. But senior members of the US Intelligence Community sensibly continue to distinguish such espionage — troubling as it is — from "attacks," that is, acts of war. That said, the US Director of National Intelligence wants to see "costs imposed" on those responsible for cyber espionage. (Senior Chinese Foreign Ministry officials, resenting being thus mentioned in dispatches, decry "baseless" US accusations and think the two countries should cooperate more in cyberspace.)
The nature of such costs continues to be a matter of debate in the US, as will the fate and effects of strong encryption — observers see rekindling of the 1990s' crypto-wars.
Researchers find troubling Android malware in the wild.
Those interested in responsible disclosure will find two stories noteworthy. FireEye is suing ERNW over the latter's disclosure of a vulnerability, and Wired thinks it took GM years (as opposed to Chrysler's days) to respond to a proof-of-concept hack because GM wasn't named.
The global market for cyber insurance is expected to exceed $20 billion by 2025.