US Presidential candidate Clinton's campaign chairman Podesta's Twitter account was hijacked Wednesday to announce (obviously falsely) that Podesta had jumped ship to Team Trump. Apparently Podesta's iCloud account was also hacked (and wiped), this also occurring Wednesday night about twelve hours after Podesta's password appeared in the latest WikiLeaks email dump.
The FBI is said to be investigating the compromise of Podesta's accounts, with Russian intelligence services as the prime suspects. Russian President Putin shrugs a denial, but says the whodunnit's not important—he thinks people should worry more about the dumped emails' content. Concerning that content, Wired draws attention to a 2006 essay in which WikiLeak's Assange explained the hacktivist determination to impose a "secrecy tax" on organizations.
How the US will respond to Russian hacking remains up in the air, but more foreign policy experts and defense intellectuals call for that response to err on the side of toughness.
Al Qaeda is receiving much the same military pressure as ISIS, and it's also turning to a similar campaign of online inspiration in the hopes of recouping its Millennial jihadist mindshare.
New Android vulnerabilities include "Pork Explosion," a Foxconn factory de-bugger left behind in shipped devices—it can serve as a backdoor. The Nine app, used to access Microsoft Exchange resources, is found vulnerable to man-in-the-middle exploitation. And a bogus video app promises great selfies but actually delivers identity theft.
Verizon finds the Yahoo! breach "material," hinting that it will affect its planned acquisition of the troubled company's assets.