Huawei has patched its products against herding into the Satori botnet. Satori source code has been released, increasing the risk to unpatched systems.
South Korea, home to many cryptocurrency early adopters, is preparing to enact regulations to govern alt-coins. The Justice Ministry is also considering whether it should shutter cryptocurrency exchanges to rein in speculative excess.
Content monitoring seems a stressful job, and so far an irreducibly human one, as AI blinks at intensionality.
The East and North Hertfordshire National Health Service Trust lost an estimated £700,000 in the May 12 WannaCry incident. Investigators blame failure to take reasonable precautions for the damage, which "could have been prevented by the NHS following basic IT security." According to the state's Audit Office's 2017 report, New South Wales struggles with security basics, including these familiar shortfalls: lack of clear policy, failure to monitor privileged accounts, and spotty inventories of IT assets. This isn't casting stones. The point of noticing these assessments of the authorities in two regional governments is not that subnational agencies are stumblebums, but rather that the easy, obvious security measures are surprisingly difficult to implement effectively.
2017 ends with two historical metaphors headlining in the theaters of Western (especially US) cyber imaginations. There's the enduring fear of a cyber Pearl Harbor (with Fancy Bear in the role of Kidō Butai), and there's the newer worry that the West faces an artificial-intelligence Sputnik moment (and China's Central Commission for Integrated Military and Civilian Development is cast as the Chief Designer).