Someone from the New World Hacktivists (going by the brassica-themed handle "Kapustiky") has stolen some 30,000 passport records from the Russian consulate in the Netherlands website. Mr. Kapustiky says his motive is to raise awareness about the dangers of a data breach.
Ukraine's Defense Ministry stated yesterday that its website was downed by disruptive cyber attacks that seemed designed to prevent the Ministry from providing updates on the Russian hybrid war being waged in eastern Ukraine.
Venezuela, undergoing its ongoing economic and financial crises, has pulled in a prominent bank president (Víctor Vargas, president of the Banco de Occidental Descuento) for questioning in connection with allegations of complicity in December 2 cyber incidents involving online banking systems. Venezuelan officials also suggest that their withdrawal of their highest denomination currency, the 100 Bolivar note, is connected with concerns about cyber security.
Dr. Web, original discoverer of the Loki Trojan, warns that a new version can infect native Android OS libraries. Dr. Web also reports that some Trojan downloaders are appearing pre-loaded in the firmware of discount Android phones.
BugSec and Cynet say they've discovered a vulnerability in Facebook Messenger (they're calling it "Originull") that could give attackers access to chats and photos. Facebook has fixed the flaw, but it could also affect websites using origin registration checks.
Netgear has pushed out firmware updates for vulnerable router models. Microsoft patches Skype, IE, Edge, and Windows, and Adobe issues a patch for a Flash zero-day.
Investigation of election hacking proceeds in the US.