ISIS is back online, calling on its adherents to kill Shiites and Americans in Bahrain. US Secretary of Defense Carter's regional visit apparently prompted the inspiration.
Intrusions into South Korean defense networks continue to look like Pyongyang's work. The Republic of Korea is on alert for fresh cyberattacks from the North, especially in the wake of President Park Geun-hye's impeachment. (The President must step down today, at least temporarily, until her position is decided by the Constitutional Court.) But so far cyberspace has remained relatively quiet across the 38th parallel.
Germany's domestic intelligence service, BfV, said yesterday that Russian organs, specifically Fancy Bear, have begun their attempts to disrupt the coming year's German elections. The BfV's statement leads with charges of propaganda, disinformation, and false flag operations. German political parties are said to be hacking targets as well.
In the US, Congress shows little inclination to let Russian influence operations during last month's elections go uninvestigated. The State of Georgia has asked that the Department of Homeland Security explain what appears to be attempts by DHS to penetrate election systems on November 15. (Georgia was one of several states that declined DHS security help for the November 8 election—why systems were allegedly pinged a week later has raised Georgian eyebrows.)
In industry news, 3M is selling its biometric business to Gemalto.
Avalanche may be gone, but its alleged leader is on the lam. Ukrainian authorities have called BOLO for Gennady Kapkanov, captured in a shoot-out, then released, now missing.