US elections aren't the only ones being targeted in advance of voting: FireEye says that APT 3, the Chinese cyber espionage group, has spearphished its way into at least two Hong Kong agencies involved with Sunday's elections.
Apple patched iOS against Trident vulnerabilities last week. Yesterday it pushed out similar patches for OS X. Users are urged to apply them at their earliest opportunity. The Trident zero-days are those Lookout and Citizen Lab found on a UAE activist's phone early in August.
Motherboard says it's obtained a window into the government hacking market through a catalogue from Indian firm Aglaya offering "weaponized information." Some of the services on offer (manipulation of search results, for example) have an information-operational dimension. Aglaya says the brochure was an offer to one specific customer.
Some bellicose talk about cyberwarfare comes from North America late this week. A former head of Canada's Communications Security Establishment says Ottawa would be "negligent" were it to forego development of offensive cyber capabilities. US Presidential candidate Clinton promised that, if elected, she would respond militarily to cyberattacks.
Concerns about cybercrime continue to focus on ransomware—familiar variants and vectors continue to work damage.
LeakedSources is circulating cracked passwords from a Last.fm breach disclosed back in 2012. (They promise more "megabreaches" soon.) This, along with the Dropbox breach, prompt many to repent of password reuse.
In an industry rumor, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is said to be hawking its software business to Thoma Bravo for between eight and ten billion dollars.