The US Department of Justice no longer needs to meet Apple in court. The FBI says it's gained access to the San Bernardino jihadi's iPhone. How it gained access and what it found there remain publicly unknown, but the Bureau is still widely believed to have availed itself of Cellebrite's forensic services.
Yesterday personnel reporting to MedStar Health hospitals in the Baltimore and Washington regions of the US found their systems inaccessible. MedStar detected malware in its networks and as a precaution shut down email and medical record database. Early speculation suggests a ransomware attack. The FBI is investigating.
Ransomware continues to be a growing problem, with more attempts against mobile devices reported. Phishing continues to be a common ransomware vector. Note that one of the more virulent strains currently in circulation—"Petya"—is often downloaded by victims opening an infected resume from an online document-sharing site.
The Turla spyware Trojan is successfully working around command-and-control server takedowns by hijacking satellite Internet links.
As US point-of-sale systems move, slowly, toward general adoption of chip-and-pin technology, FireEye says it's seeing a spike in exploits directed against legacy card-swipe systems: criminals are rushing to get their last shots in against the older technology.
A developer accidentally exposed a very large database of personally identifiable information as he set up a demo for Thailand's Immigration Police. About two thousand foreigners working in Thailand had their data compromised.
Weev makes an unwelcome return to the news, hacking poorly secured printers to spew anti-Semitic propaganda.