ISIS increases Southeast Asia recruiting efforts as it struggles to hold core territory in the Levant. Rival al Qaeda resurfaces online as one of Bin Laden’s sons threatens vengeance for his father’s death in a 2011 US raid on his Pakistan hideout.
NATO websites suffered outages during last week’s meetings of the Atlantic Alliance. Whether they were hacked is under investigation; a priori speculation says “Russia” (but that’s speculation).
Two Anonymous operations are underway in Africa. One, #ShutDownZimbabwe, has downed government websites in Zimbabwe to protest Robert Mugabe’s regime. In the other, as part of #OpAfrica, the hacktivist collective breached Armscor, a procurement agency of South Africa’s Department of Defense. Someone claiming to represent Anonymous has said the breach was accomplished by SQL injection. Details of various arms deals have been posted online.
More is out on Eleanor, the Mac malware whose existence researchers disclosed last week. In a scare headline, Naked Security reports that Eleanor “tries to hook your webcam up to the Dark Web.”
And researchers at Kaspersky and Cymmetria continue to track the ongoing campaigns in South Asia (“Patchwork” or “Dropping Elephant”) that have repurposed old exploits to successfully attack their targets.
Some 80,000 Amazon Kindle credentials are reported to have leaked.
Pokémon Go is out and popular. It’s also being spoofed by a RAT, and the extensive permissions the game requires (geolocation, mostly) have been exploited by muggers.
Car thieves are now using laptops as well as jimmies.
Inquiries into US State Department email scandals continue.