The attack on power distribution substations in Western Ukraine seems clearly to have been a cyber attack, but how its effects were accomplished remains unclear: BlackEnergy accompanied the attack, but it's not the mechanism by which the breakers were cycled.
Analysts continue to warn utilities to be on their guard. And Corero warns all to watch for what it's calling "dark DDoS": the increasing use of denial-of-service as a "smokescreen" for more serious attacks.
DDoS attacks remain a threat — Akamai reports a 180% increase in the frequency of such attacks in 2015 — but as Tripwire puts it, we're seeing greater numbers but a smaller punch.
ISIS has launched its own encrypted messaging app, but it continues to focus on information operations, offering not only emojis for inspiration across social media, but an online cyber warfare magazine ("Kybernetiq," published in German) and a news service (Amaq) that features early distribution of communiqués claiming responsibility for attacks.
A widow sues Twitter for negligently enabling her husband's murder by ISIS. Few expect the suit to hold up, but should it do so, the implications for online communication would be great.
The SlemBunk Android banking Trojan discovered last year acquires, FireEye reports, a longer attack chain and drive-by infection capability.
Researchers report Apple's patch of OS X's Gatekeeper is more porous than users might wish.
Fortune says cryptography guru David Chaum's PrivaTegrity, his contribution to ending the crypto wars, has been widely misunderstood as incorporating a backdoor. Instead, they say, it implements distributed control.