Journalists and other observers continue to mull Kaspersky's coy but admiring account of its researches into Equation Group. Most infer US responsibility. (Wired, for example, cracks wise that it turns out the Americans have had a cyber Manhattan Project after all — and like the original, it's secret, mobilizes lots of scientists and engineers, and focuses on offense. The head of security company Immunity is refreshingly candid in voicing full-throated approval: Equation Group should be patting itself on the back. If they're NSA, they're giving the taxpayers value for their investment.)
Iran says it's deeply concerned by Equation Group news.
The Anthem breach, with an emerging consensus attribution to the Chinese government, "raises US hackles" over its HUMINT implications. Chinese media return Equation Group as a tu quoque.
Help Net Security has a useful table of Desert Falcon's target list. Speculation that the group is a kind of pan-Arab cyber mercenary unit continues.
The conflict between ISIS and its many foes involves information operations broadly conceived even more than cyber. Interesting reports on how ISIS perceives itself, and communicates its goals in both word and propaganda-of-the-deed, appear. (By some accounts Russia is attempting Cold-War style exploitation of Islamist discontent and ambition against its main (US) enemy.) US officials describe their approach to anti-ISIS messaging; the Attorney General calls for disruption of the aspiring caliphate's online recruiting.
As the cyber insurance market matures, analysts think businesses underestimate their risk, and that in general they should carry much more coverage than they do.