Anonymous's war against ISIS isn't proceeding particularly happily, as it appears to have degenerated into indiscriminate targeting of social media users on the basis of, at best, coarse stereotypes (like flagging an account as terror-linked because its posts are in Arabic). There's also some puerile rickrolling that's adding layers of noise atop social media signal that intelligence agencies might otherwise extract. GhostSec gets, by far, better reviews as a hacktivist response to ISIS.
The familiar hacktivist snitch phenomenon also resurfaces, as Motherboard reports one self-confessed snitch's (boastful? self-serving?) agonies of remorse as he outs himself as the "hacker" who fingered the late Junaid Hussain. There are many reasons to regard his story with skepticism, but in general cells running on inspiration are often vulnerable to snitches. (Ask Sabu.)
Silent Circle says it's taking steps to keep its Blackphone out of ISIS hands.
Observers wonder at the difficulty Western intelligence and information operations services have coming to grips with ISIS messaging. The services are said to misunderstand jihad's transcendent appeal and historical frame of reference, and to mistake those attracted to ISIS for rational optimizers. But the Caliphate cares little for any Benthamite calculus of utility. Overt Action offers suggestions for practical measures against jihadist inspiration.
Dell laptops shipped since August suffer from dangerous root certificates. Observers are reminded of Lenovo's Superfish debacle, but Dell's problems may have more inadvertent origins.
Palo Alto's earnings back up the story-stock's story.
US policymakers differ over whether cyber relations with China are actually improving.