An ISIS video posted online promises to deliver a major cyberattack against the US this Friday. The former Caliphate, now clearly in its diaspora phase, has shown little ability to do much more than low-grade website defacements of indifferently defended targets, is probably feeling some pressure to demonstrate serious cyberattack capabilities. A threat worth watching, but so far unsupported by much evidence beyond the usual terrorist gasconade.
Iranian espionage group Charming Kitten is said (by ClearSky Cyber Security) to have embarked on a campaign targeting academics, journalists, human rights advocates, and political advisors. The targets have little in common beyond an interest in Iran (typically an unsympathetic interest). Charming Kitten is said to have established a bogus baited news service as a lure: "The British News Agency."
Citizen Lab reports finding evidence that the government of Ethiopia is using lawful intercept software developed by Cyberbit to spy on journalists.
Qihoo 360 Netlab reports that a big, Mirai-derived botnet, "Satori," awoke yesterday, perhaps exploiting a Huawei zero-day to herd 280,000 bots.
The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from the next Winter Olympics, for "systemic abuse of the anti-doping system." Expect Russian security services to engage in some systemic abuse of IOC networks.
Ever wondered how much energy the Bitcoin network consumes? Digiconomist has taken a look at the question, and they estimate that, annually, Bitcoin uses about as much electrical power as Denmark. This has led to belated concerns about the sustainability of the cryptocurrency, and perhaps other blockchain-based systems.