As the US prepares to inaugurate President-elect Trump tomorrow, the outgoing administration offers valedictions on its performance in cyberspace. President Obama's surveillance legacy is being debated, as is his commutation of Private Manning's sentence and his pardon of General Cartwright. Secretary of Defense Carter publicly expresses his dissent from Manning's commutation, and WikiLeaks' Julian Assange "weasels out" (as Ars Technica puts it) on his pledge to accept extradition to the US—Manning's release in May isn't enough, suggests Mr. Assange.
Anonymous greets the incoming Chief Magistrate by pledging that the anarchist collective will make Mr. Trump "regret" the next four years.
France continues to prepare for election hacking.
Ukrenergo, the electrical utility that supplies Kiev, confirms that last month's outages were the result of a cyberattack.
Malwarebytes reports finding malware (called "Fruitfly" by Apple) used in targeted attacks against biomedical research centers. It affects primarily MacOS, but Linux systems are also thought vulnerable. The code takes screen captures, accesses webcams, and enables remote control of an endpoint. Fruitfly, sophisticated yet with an oddly retro approach to persistence, is thought to have been in circulation for several years.
MWR Labs reports path transversal and arbitrary file disclosure flaws in LG's G3, G4, and G5 mobile devices.
Netskope warns of a "fan out" effect as enterprise users' security policies on cloud services permit phishing to move unimpeded to endpoints.
TrendLabs has the skinny on EyePyramid spyware's inner workings.
KrebsOnSecurity investigates Anna-Senpai, Mirai's creator, tracking her/him/them through Minecraft and Rutgers, and names names.