ISIS, effectively ejected from territory it once controlled, appears to be entering its long-anticipated diaspora phase, which informed observers expect to be marked by more focus on cyberspace. For the foreseeable future, this is held by most to mean increased attempts at online inspiration.
Criminals continue their attempts on cryptocurrencies. SentinelOne announces discovery of a new cryptocurrency mining Trojan, "OSX.CpuMeaner," that targets Macs.
Google's latest sweep through Google Play turns up several apps equipped with the Tizi backdoor. Tizi has typically been used to install spyware on target devices.
There are other concerns about Android security and, especially, privacy. A study by Yale University concludes that about three-quarters of Android apps come with third-party tools that track users' activity.
Forcepoint warns of a massive spam campaign that's distributing Scarab ransomware. Ransomware is enjoying a burgeoning demand in the black-market souks. Carbon Black has reported a 2500% rise in ransomware sales since last year. Ransomware is also growing more targeted, more difficult to detect.
No one seems to be buying the whistling in the dark Uber did before its recent shake-up and breach disclosure. It strikes most observers as unlikely in the extreme that the criminals who hacked the ride service actually destroyed the data they stole.
The US has indicted three Chinese nationals for theft of intellectual property. They work or worked for the Guangzhou Bo Yu Information Technology Company; the US thinks the firm is an espionage operation.
Thoma Bravo is taking Barracuda Networks private. Trend Micro acquires Immunio.