As the US prepares to make good on its long-promised recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Israel and the US brace for a wave of hacktivism expected to accompany the promised "second Intifada."
Citizens Lab confirmed the Ethiopian government's use of intercept tools procured from Cyberbit to surveil dissidents, when it connected suspicious emails to a misconfigured command-and-control server that exposed the government's target list.
Russian cyber gangs are particularly active in ransom campaigns against businesses in the UK. Cerber remains their most popular strain of ransomware. Extortion demands commonly run to £100,000.
Cryptocurrencies continue to draw criminal attention as raw meat draws flies. Denial-of-service attacks remain popular against Bitcoin sites. A planned Bitcoin rival, Electroneum, failed to launch as its proprietors pulled their offering in the face of effective hacking. An updated version of the Quant Trojan is raiding cryptocurrency wallets. And Nicehash, a popular Bitcoin mining pool, is reported to have suffered a compromise, with some $56 million in coin stolen.
A keylogger has been found in more than 5000 infected WordPress sites.
Android app development tools are found vulnerable to backdoors. Fixes are in progress.
Ashley Madison comes in for more security criticism as its default settings are found vulnerable to leakage.
Apple has again updated MacOS High Sierra to close security holes.
As Section 702 electronic surveillance authority approaches sunset and renewal works its way slowly through the US Congress, the Administration suggests that aspects of the program might legally continue in the absence of reauthorization.