Russia's FSB claimed Friday that it had foiled a plot by "foreign special services" to disrupt Russia's financial sector with a mix of hacking and disinformation aimed at fueling speculative panic. D-day for the operation was supposed to have been today; the FSB says the operation was to have been launched through the Ukrainian ISP BlazingFast's servers in the Netherlands. BlazingFast says that although it's found nothing untoward in its systems, it's ready to cooperate with any legitimate authority (but doubts the FSB needs its help).
Also on Friday the Russian Central Bank says that cybercriminals got away with two-billion rubles (about $31 million) in attacks on corresponding accounts. The Bank thinks the crooks were after five billion rubles.
Russian authorities arrested malware author "Pornpoker" (no other name given) over the weekend. Mr. Poker was attempting to reenter Russia from his Thailand hideout; the police were waiting for him at Domodedovo airport.
British researchers demonstrate a "distributed guessing" method that could enable criminals to determine security details on Visa cards: expiration date and thee-digit security code. Observers speculate the technique might have been used in the Tesco Bank attacks.
Gooligan, the rapidly spreading Android malware strain, apparently uses a business model that generates revenue from ads and "garbage apps."
Tenable releases its annual Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card, which warns of the risk of emerging technologies and the "overwhelming threat environment."
The US Presidential Commission on Cybersecurity has reported. It offers six "imperatives" yielding sixteen recommendations and fifty-three action items.