Some doxer soul-searching appears at week’s end. The large hacktivist dump of data about Turkey proved to include too much personal information. WikiLeaks’ release of DNC files has come under similar criticism. Some such criticism comes from NSA-leaker Edward Snowden, now resident in Moscow, who reprehends WikiLeaks’ “resistance to modest curation.” WikiLeaks tells Snowden he’s just angling for a pardon from prospective President Clinton; on the other hand, if you’ve lost Ed (who’s living in Russia) you’ve lost a lot of leakers.
The FBI is said to have warned the Clinton campaign of a possible compromise back in March, at about the same time the DNC realized someone was in its servers.
What the Russians (and the speculators are convinced it was the Russians) were after with the hacking remains under dispute. FireEye thinks it may have been a capability demonstration—they wanted to get caught and show the world the US could do nothing about it. CrowdStrike isn’t so sure—what intelligence service wants to be caught? And Taia Global’s Carr continues to point out the evidence’s circumstantial nature.
The US is sifting through captured intelligence—much of it in digital form—detailing ISIS recruiting efforts.
North Korea has stolen some ten million online shopping credentials, South Korean investigators report.
Researchers continue window-shopping in the Dark Web. Arizona State packages what it sees in a study of vendor and market entropy.
Security companies post mixed results in the market (but some see a threat-driven upside). FireEye buy-out rumors reappear.