Turkey’s government put down an apparent coup d’état over the weekend. A purge of the judiciary and security forces is in progress as President Erdoğan reasserts authority. The incident was tracked on Twitter, which, ironically, given the government’s at best ambivalent policies with respect to social media, seems to have significantly contributed to the President’s ability to prevail over the attempt.
ISIS names more people as targets. Once-and-future ISIS opponent and Iraqi Shi’ite leader Moqtada al-Sadr suggests that US forces deploying to the region to fight ISIS will be considered “targets” by his “Peace Brigades.” Analysts wrestle with the difficulty of distinguished terrorists from the “simply deranged,” as the New York Times puts it. Some think “terrorist” is used too expansively; others argue that, given ISIS and similar groups’ calculated appeal to the disaffected, this is a distinction without a difference.
The US military limbers up cyberattack options against ISIS.
Australia embarks on development of extensive, avowed, cyber offensive capabilities.
A Ukrainian nationalist faction—anti-Russian but not happy about NATO, either—claims responsibility for a cyberattack on Poland’s Defense Ministry.
Ransomware continues its career through corporate networks, with Russian gang-controlled “Wildfire” representing a novel strain. But old variants of malware still comprise the dominant forms of malicious code in circulation: Conficker's #1, Sality's #2, but Hummingbad has risen into third place, as Check Point sees the leader board.
Pokémon Go now amounts to both a cyber-physical security phenomenon (and the latest chapter in the history of the madness of crowds).