As concerns about alleged (and apparent) Russian attempts to influence US elections continue, the Secretary of Homeland Security seeks to reassure voters that the election will be conducted without the vote being hacked. Both Presidential candidates say cyber security will be important to their prospective administrations.
There's controversy in Israel as it's reported that that country's government gave NSO Group permission to export the Pegasus tools found on an Emirati dissident's iPhone.
Rapid7 reports discovering a new threat to Network Management Systems (NMSs)—they can be exploited using the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Both cross-site scripting and SQL injection attacks are possible.
Kaspersky describes "Mokes," a backdoor built for Macs.
Honor among thieves grows more threadbare, at least in the ransomware racket. Increasingly, you don't get your data back after you pay the ransom, which suggest that this particular black market may be killing its own business model. In the meantime, back up your data.
More Pokémon-themed nasties are circulating in social media. Catch 'em all with caution.
Google is turning its marketing prowess toward information operations. The company is working on, and believes it has, a promising approach to reaching and turning youths undergoing radicalization.
In industry news, St. Jude Medical is suing both Muddy Waters and MedSec over device bug allegations. Intel spins off its cybersecurity unit, McAfee. Dell completes its acquisition of RSA. Investors look askance at the founder's resignation from FireEye's board.
Observers continue to assess the Congressional report on the OPM breach. It's ugly.