Russia's been facing a wave of what the Moscow Times is calling "telephone terrorism cyberattacks." They're essentially bomb threats; Russian authorities say they've caused two-million people to be evacuated since September, and that the threats originate in Syria.
Facebook finds three more Russian-purchased ads related to information operations surrounding the Brexit vote.
A Russian defendant in a Russian court (it's the trial of members of the "Lurk" hacking crew) is said to have claimed President Putin ordered him to hack the US Democratic National Committee. But both the court and the news source are Russian, and this particular informational matryoshka should be viewed with appropriate skepticism until more is known.
DDoS attacks against Bitfinex are impeding Bitcoin trading. Ethereum trading exchange CoinBase may also be under attack (or it may just be clogged by traders). Speculators drive surging Bitcoin rivals Litecoin and Ether to new highs.
An interesting development in the Mirai case: as has long been believed, it was the work of a couple of guys in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Both pleaded guilty to writing and using the DDoS code this week.
The Far Eastern International Bank has been fined by Taiwan regulators for deficiencies that permitted its SWIFT system to be hacked in October.
Yesterday was Patch Tuesday. Flash issued its traditional monthly fix for Flash Player. Microsoft pushed out a number of fixes—20 "critical," 12 "important"—which observers are calling a relatively light update. SAP also patched, with their newly-assumed ability to issue CVE numbers.