Chaos Computer Club white hats report finding vulnerabilities in voting software used in several German Länder. The Federal Republic's sixteen constituent states will hold elections on September 24th. Berlin has been preparing for Russian interference for a year.
Facebook's discovery that it had been selling ads to Russian catphish prompts a look by the New York Times and others at one prominent influence-operations tactic: the creation of fictitious personae in social media. These were evidently used to cast doubt on the integrity of US political institutions during the last election cycle. Disruption and mistrust were apparently more important than any particular balloting outcome.
The Equifax breach continues to strike observers as arguably the worst of its kind. Speculation about how the hackers got in centers on an Apache Struts vulnerability, although which one and how it may have been exploited remains unclear. State attorneys general and the plaintiff's bar are already queuing up legal action action against the credit bureau, as are the US Congress and any number of regulatory bodies.
Equifax's stock price continues to drop. (So do the prices of its competitors, uninvolved in any breach.) The consensus advice experts are giving to those affected (pretty much anyone reading this) is to freeze their credit. The company's incident response, particularly its public communications, have been widely excoriated.
Kaspersky Lab remains in bad official US odor. It's also taken a hit in the consumer marketplace, as Best Buy announces it will no longer carry the Russian security company's products.