Nation-state hacking continues to roil international relations. Kaspersky thinks, on the basis of an upswing in "Chinese-speaking APTs," that China's shifting its attention from US to Russian target sets. For his part, US DNI Clapper says Chinese cyber espionage against American targets continues unabated — he characterizes the data theft as a "hemorrhage."
Reports out of Israel again accuse Iran of cyber espionage: accounts of senior officers, scientists, and Gulf-area human rights activists are said to have been targeted in a now-shuttered campaign controlled from Tehran.
The Russian hackers behind a wave of ATM heists — probably the "Metel" gang — are said to have manipulated ruble-dollar exchange rates at a Russian regional bank last year by gaining illicit access to trading terminals.
Ransomware — especially CryptoWall — continues to plague businesses.
Law firms are being targeted by Skype malware (the T9000 backdoor described recently by Palo Alto Networks).
Yesterday was Patch Tuesday. Adobe, Google, and Microsoft all issued fixes. Microsoft published thirteen patches, six of them for critical remote-code execution vulnerabilities.
Investment analysts look at recently depressed share prices of cyber security firms, and many explain the drop as caused by general market nerves, some specific disappointing notes, and collateral damage from a pullback in related IT sectors. Encouraging signs continued strong VC interest in cyber startups.
In the US, Congressional appetite for restricting encryption appears to be waning.
The President's budget includes some big spending on cyber. The White House has also proposed a "National Cyber Security Action Plan," to generally favorable reviews.