Several attacks over the weekend, including stabbings in a Minnesota mall and a series of apparent bombings (both successful and failed) in New York and New Jersey, are affecting the United States this morning. Investigations are in their early stages, but ISIS sympathizers have been quick to applaud (and claim credit) in ISIS online media.
Offended by their lack of zeal for jihad, ISIS sympathizers defaced three Michigan Arab-American organizations' websites late last week.
Fancy Bear releases more documents hacked from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The threat group's interest in US elections also continues unabated. Few dissent from the consensus that Fancy Bear is run by Russian intelligence services. The US Department of Homeland Security offers various forms of security support to state election officials (acceptance is voluntary—elections won't be Federalized). Concerns center around the discrediting effects of disruption and disinformation—information operations are more feared than data corruption in the service of vote fraud.
Mozilla is expected to patch a Firefox zero-day tomorrow. The flaw rendered users susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks. (It's also attracted much unfavorable comment in the vulnerability researcher twitterverse.)
In industry news, Uber, Twitter and other tech-dependent companies have formed the Vendor Security Alliance, which intends to drive better standards for security products. Oracle acquires cloud security shop Palerra.
Dueling editorials and op-eds in the Washington Post (anti), TechCrunch (pro), and Ars Technica (pro and anti) debate a Snowden pardon.
A British court orders that alleged hacker Laurie Love be extradited to the US.