The curtain parts a bit on the implausibly deniable Russian espionage operation "Pawn Storm." It apparently established rogue VPN and SFTP servers to monitor Netherlands Safety Board employees investigating the crash of MH17, the Malaysian 777 shot down over Eastern Ukraine in July of last year. The airliner is widely thought to have been destroyed by nominal separatists operating under Russian military direction. (Russian authorities deny the charge.)
Wikileaks' DCI document dump continues to strike observers as pointless (and the CIA as illegal): NBC News, for example, describes the material as "neither classified nor revelatory." The "Crackas with Attitude" who claimed responsibility for the socially engineered caper remain at large, for now...straight outta...Nutley? Ronkonkoma?
TalkTalk suffers a breach which the major UK telecom calls "significant, and may affect several million customers. An Islamist group based in Russia claims credit, but it's early for attribution. Much of the material compromised may have been unencrypted.
More British online retailers join Aria in facing denial-of-service disruptions. Aria's offer of a reward for action against the extortionists prompts much discussion. Some observers remind the community that there are well-understood mitigations for DDoS attacks.
A major malvertising campaign is targeting German users of popular services including eBay and T-Online.
Joomla patches an SQLi flaw. Users find issues in recent Apple upgrades of El Capitan (Office for Mac problems) and Google's "tweaks" to Google App Engine for Java (sandbox escapes).
China moves to consolidate its cyber organizations as it negotiates a cyber deal with the UK.