The FBI is looking for some legal scunnion to bring against Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear for their role in US election-related hacking. As they do, worries about voting hacks mount, with attendant Congressional jockeying for moral advantage.
As investigation into the weekend's attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota continues, many call for counter-radicalization. This has been cast (by the White House, among others) as a struggle of "narratives," and while that formulation is easy for many to mock as sad stuff (as if one could spin one's way to victory in combat as easily as one might to victory in elections or marketing) there's something to it. It's difficult for many to see, however, the ways in which post-modern Westerners might win this particular information battle: what's on offer that could compete with the houris of paradise?
A researcher reports finding backdoors in Xiaomi smartphones.
Zscaler describes the iSpy keylogger.
Cisco has patched another vulnerability similar to one the Shadow Brokers released (and Cisco subsequently fixed). It's unclear from reports whether the bug was in the Equation Group tranche of zero-days or whether the revelation of the BENIGNCERTAIN exploit prompted the research that disclosed similar flaws. Probably the latter; in any case, patch.
Mozilla is expected to patch Firefox later today.
In industry news, Vista Equity Partners is taking Infoblox private, acquiring it for $1.6 billion. Webroot has acquired San Diego based machine-learning shop CyberFlow Analytics for an undisclosed sum. KBR has picked up Honeywell Technology Solutions.