At this point consensus holds that the DNC hack was the work of Russian intelligence services (despite a flat Kremlin denial of involvement, and Guccifer 2.0’s protestations of hacktivist purity). SecureWorks says that Fancy Bear (GRU) is also prospecting military spouses (leads on US operations), journalists critical of Russia, and unspecified “activists.” Much a priori speculation circulates that President Putin wishes to influence US elections. More stolen documents are expected soon via Wikileaks.
Most of the hacking news today involves ransomware developments. SentinelOne reports a new CryptXXXX variant—the code now defeats free decryption tools designed for earlier versions. Avanan this morning released details on a Cerber email phishing campaign targeting Office 365 users—Microsoft began blocking malicious traffic last Thursday. Trend Micro notes odd behavior from Guy-Fawkes-masked MIRCOP ransomware: it accuses victims of “having stolen from a notorious hacktivist group” (the circumlocution is Trend Micro’s) and demands 48.48 Bitcoin (almost $29,000 at current rates). MIRCOP gives the victim a Bitcoin address and that’s it—they assume you’re familiar with Bitcoin transactions.
Intel appears ready to sell its security unit.
Observers continue to mull Brexit: early speculation sees Berlin as the next European start-up center.
There’s widespread disagreement over the importance of motive in understanding and parrying denial-of-service attacks, like those organized by LizardSquad against gaming sites last week. Money, ideology, or just the lulz, however mixed and overdetermined the motive might be, arrested development or teenage anomie probably play a role. (Like a chickie run off a Calabasas cliff.)