#OpIsrael appears to have breached the network of an Israeli defense firm, disclosing information about customers and corporate personnel.
Malwarebytes reports that a malvertising campaign exploiting an Adobe zero-day enjoyed several months of success. Abode's February 2 patch seems to have brought the campaign to (says Dark Reading) "a screeching halt."
Fidelis Cybersecurity notes a resurgence of the Pushdo spamming botnet. Fidelis attributes the botnet's new success to Pushdo's agility in changing its command-and-control system: it's become more resistant to sinkholing.
SourceDNA warns of a widespread flaw affecting around a thousand iOS applications.
Android app security is also a concern, and Google has put developers on notice that their applications had better validate SSL certificates.
FireEye says it's found a vulnerability in the Samsung Galaxy S5's handling of biometric fingerprint data that could enable a hacker to gain system-level access to the device.
A researcher at the Royal Danish Defence College publishes an interesting study of what he calls the "weaponization of social media" — the increased use of social media in international conflict.
In industry news, BlackBerry announces its intent to acquire security firm WatchDox. Accuvant and Fishnet Security discuss their plans to merge into a new company, Optiv, this summer.
Industry analysts note the security benefits cyber insurance can bring to an enterprise. Other analysts look at leadership in breach response and conclude that IT managers' skills probably lie — rightly — elsewhere.
Huawei's CEO, in a rare departure from reticence about official policy, suggests the Great Firewall may be backfiring.