Saturday’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, is being claimed by ISIS. The shooter had apparently called 911 to identify himself and pledge fealty to ISIS shortly before opening fire. What ISIS inspiration contributed to the attack remains unclear, but the shooter’s casual jihadi contacts online had twice brought him to the FBI’s attention.
ISIS, al Qaeda, and the Taliban continue to post grisly inspiration to jihad. Anonymous has countered with low-grade defacements of jihadist Twitter accounts.
India, alarmed Chinese APT groups, brings itself to a higher level of cyber alert. Closer cooperation with the US in cyberspace is seen as a response to the perceived threat from China.
The Republic of Korea charges the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea with battlespace preparation for a major cyber campaign. Such preparation dates, Seoul claims, to 2014; Pyongyang protests its innocence. Analysts revisit the Sony hack and suggest that its messy complexity (“a dog pile,” says one) makes attributing it solely to North Korea problematic.
Major social media platforms continue to remediate their credential issues. (Microsoft, undeterred by security worries, bought LinkedIn over the weekend for a reported $26.2 billion.) Among Twitter accounts recently compromised was one belonging to the US National Football League (NFL). The NFL Players Association hires K2 Intelligence to help with social media security.
Takedowns and new criminal techniques shift ransomware’s landscape. (Paying ransom didn’t work for the University of Calgary—it hasn’t got its files back, yet.)
Symantec will buy Blue Coat for $4.7 billion.