The Shadow Brokers resurfaced for Halloween, dumping an archive they call "trickortreat" and still writing completely implausible broken English. (Why cartoonist Stephen Pastis doesn't sue them for ripping off the crocodiles' diction from "Pearls before Swine" is beyond us.) Flashpoint, who's suffered through the present participles malapropistes so the rest of us don't have to, says the dump appears to reveal server stage infrastructure used by the Equation Group. The Equation Group is thought by most observers to be, roughly speaking, an NSA contractor. Flashpoint also notes that the Shadow Brokers tend to mirror Russian President Putin's jibes at the American political system, this time, for example, calling it "free, as in free beer," a one-liner Mr. Putin delivered recently at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.
Concerns about US elections persist—forty-six states have now asked for Federal help securing the vote. More WikiLeaks doxing is expected before next Tuesday's voting. The FBI's newly resumed investigation into candidate Clinton's State Department era email practices continues.
Google discloses flaws it discovered in Microsoft Windows and Adobe Flash.
Researchers continue to consider approaches to cleaning up Mirai and similar Internet-of-things threats. One proof-of-concept, a white-hatted worm that changes default passwords, is unlikely to pass legal muster.
Experts call for active defenses short of hacking back.
Canadian anti-bullying law may be seeing anti-journalism applications.
The Furby is back in a new, more connected form. We assume Furbys are still banned from Fort Meade and its environs? Check before you bring one to work.