Chinese anti-censorship organization GreatFire sustains a denial-of-service attack.
The Seattle Times reports that Federal auditors — from the Office of Personnel Management — warned Premera of the insurer's cyber vulnerabilities some three weeks before attackers got into its networks last spring.
Ransomware continues its evolution as a costly irritant. TrendLabs reports seeing Cryptowall combined with FAREIT spyware. KnowBe4 outlines new variants of other strains. Sophos answers the should-you-pay question: it's o.k. to pay, better not to, and best of all not to face the question.
Some 700,000 ADSL routers are reported to contain dangerous vulnerabilities.
The OpenSSL patch fixes a serious bug, but not a devastating one, so early fears that this would be another Heartbleed turn out to be overhyped.
Bloomberg warns that Kaspersky has ties to "the KGB" (side note — it's tough to keep track, but Russian organs have new names nowadays: FSB, SVR, FSO). Kaspersky denies it, and complains it's a victim of sloppy reporting and loose assumptions about Russians conducting meetings in Russian. (For what it's worth, a quick look at Nota Bene's meta tags would impress linguistic analysts with fluency in demotic American argot, leading them to conclude it was the work of some guys from South Hackensack. Attribution's tough.)
US NSA Director Rogers tells Congress deterrence is failing in cyberspace for want of credible offensive capabilities.
Debate continues over pending US cyber bills.
Target prepares to settle breach claims for $10M, a bellwether, observers say, for other sectors, including law and real estate.