ISIS claims more propaganda-of-the-deed as it seeks to inspire online. Governments in various countries worry about the possibility of ISIS making good on its threats to the Rio Olympics.
Information leaks are said to be endangering journalists working in the Ukraine.
More evidence accumulates of Russian involvement in the DNC and DCC hacks. Observers are for some reason surprised that cyber war looks at least as much like Cold War influence operations as it does the blowing up of stuff featured in movies like “Skyfall.” Russia Today expresses outrage at some suggestions for cyber direct action recently expressed by the Atlantic Council think tank (and in another Cold War flashback they sound like Dean Reed in doing so). Some proof-of-concept hacks of voting technology add to US worries (already aroused by Cozy and Fancy Bear) about the integrity of its elections.
Hacktivists said to be affiliated with Anonymous DDoS Brazilian government sites to protest the Olympics. Criminals posing as public-spirited security hacktivists hit swimmer Michael Phelps’s website after Phelps takes his latest gold medal. Apart from the aforementioned terrorism alert, however, the biggest cyber threat to Rio is conventional cybercrime, especially the Panda Banker Zeus variant.
Trustwave reports vulnerabilities in the TRANE residential Comfortlink XL850 thermostat.
Checkpoint finds four issues with Qualcomm chips—the set of vulnerabilities is being called “Quadrooter.”
Agile Information Security finds problems with NUUO video surveillance recorders.
Researchers at Columbia University conclude that NSA really isn’t sitting on a large undisclosed hoard of vulnerabilities after all.