As the US elections proceed, the Government is simultaneously said to have "all hands on deck" against hacking, and to not really be that worried about it. Most observers see the principal threat as (Russian) information operations directed toward eroding public trust and confidence in the vote, with "data deception and denial" following in their train. Direct widespread hacking of voting machinery is thought less likely, although as Cylance and Symantec have shown, such hacks are clearly locally possible.
Both Democratic and Republican presidential campaign sites sustained Mirai-driven distributed denial-of-service campaigns yesterday, but with little effect. Flashpoint researchers say this is because Mirai's widespread availability has caused its botnets to "fracture"—essentially there are more controllers now, and there aren't enough bots to go around.
Tor's duality is on display this week. Internet users in Turkey are moving heavily to Tor as they seek to circumvent the government's blocking of social media services and its implementation of stronger online censorship. On the other hand, Operation Hyperion, a multinational police takedown of Tor-enabled black markets, has shown the less savory uses to which the anonymizing network may be put.
China's citizens (and international companies doing business in China) try to come to grips with their exposure to recently promulgated laws tightening state control of online activity.
Tesco fraud remains under investigation. Continued access to paycards and ATMs suggests the fraud may have been an inside job. Estimates of Tesco's exposure to litigation and regulatory penalties run as high as £1.9 billion.