A hacktivist (who "wishes to remain anonymous," as Motherboard primly puts it) releases what he alleges are personal data on some 20,000 FBI employees and about 8000 US Department of Homeland Security personnel. It's unconfirmed whether the data are genuine. The dump was accompanied by a pro-Palestinian message.
One hacktivist tactic, which ESET calls "haxposure," may see greater use this year — the Hacking Team and Ashley Madison breaches would be examples. The goal is typically reputational damage. Widespread availability of indifferently protected information and the tools to extract and disseminate it are thought likely to drive an increase in haxposure.
Hackers have made off with UK tax filers' self-assessment records, using the information to file fraudulent claims for tax repayment.
Researchers continue to work on the TeslaCrypt ransomware infesting WordPress sites.
Researchers also wonder who's been subverting Dridex malware download sites to server up anti-virus software. The (presumed) white-hat is now being called "Batman."
Kaspersky researchers report that banking malware has begun to adopt some of the APT techniques hitherto principally associated with cyber espionage.
In the marketplace, a broad selloff continues to affect cyber security stocks. Observers cite weakness in allied IT sectors as a partial cause, along with concerns about possible over-valuation and the unsettling story of Norse Corporation's apparent "implosion."
Intelligence services research ways of mining social media for threat indicators and warnings, but the data remain in many ways resistant to such analysis.
Twitter reports that it's deleted more than a hundred thousand accounts for extremism.