The arrest of Kaspersky security researcher Stoyanov has begun, counter to some expectations late last week, to look like an actual espionage case as opposed to a corruption matter. Sergei MIkhailov, deputy chief of FSB's Center for Information Security, has also been arrested, and Novaya Gazeta reports the men are charged with passing information to the Americans.
Saudi Arabia's Sadara Chemical Company says it (or more precisely, Symantec, hired by Sadara) has completed remediation of the Shamoon attack the company recently sustained.
Guillaume Poupard, Director of French securtiy agency ANSSI, warned that, while jihadist groups have shown little hacking ability, this could change rapidly should digital "mercenaries" sell the groups their services. The mercenaries could do so inadvertently, given the anonymity of much black-market information sharing.
Cisco patches the TelePresence Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) software in its MSE 8510 and 5300 series models. The 4500 is also vulnerable to the remote code execution flaw, but it won't be patched: it reached its end-of-life last July.
U.S. Cellular confirms that the breach a hacker said the company suffered last week never in fact happened.
Ransomware attacks, may have taken down DC police surveillance cameras around the time of the Presidential inauguration. Ransomware also hit a hotel in Austria, but apparently did not, as early reports said, lock guests into (or out of) their rooms. Instead, the hotel's ability to make new keys was disrupted.
In industry news, Polaris Alpha buys Intelesys, and Harris sells its government IT unit to Veritas Capital.