Several NATO and EU partners—specifically the UK, the US, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Latvia, and Lithuania—have agreed to establish a joint information operations center in Finland. The Helsinki center is aimed against Russian influence operations especially against the prospect that such operations will play a malign role in future elections.
The new center recognizes the seriousness of propaganda, especially given its technology-enabled increased reach and rapid spread. It also suggests recognition that aggressive information operations (see, for example, RT's coverage of the alleged Kelihos botmaster, in which the Russian state-aligned service claims the suspect was behind last year's DNC hacks) are usually best addressed by informational means. Former US DCI and DirNSA Hayden cautioned members of Congress against calling election hacking an "act of war." Not all hostile acts necessarily constitute casus belli.
Researchers continue to pick over WikiLeaks' last Vault 7 round, connecting the tools noted therein to the Longhorn campaigns.
Hacker House looks at the ShadowBrokers' latest leaks and concludes they suggest the existence of tools to root- Oracle/Sun Solaris Unix servers.
Microsoft yesterday issued fixes for the Office zero days that have been much discussed over the past week. At least three of the bugs are being actively exploited in the wild, which should lend urgency to the patching. Netskope reports that one of the vulnerabilities is being exploited by the Godzilla botnet, and the resurgence of Dridex via Word zero-days has been widely reported as well.
Adobe and SAP have also published patches.