A weekend North Korean missile test failed when the weapon exploded seconds after launch. There is, again, much speculation that a US cyberattack compromised the system, but such speculation remains based more on a priori possibility than evidence of such an attack.
US policy toward the DPRK has hardened recently, and senior US officials are warning that a North Korean cyberattack against US infrastructure is likelier than a missile strike.
Observers spent the weekend mulling the ShadowBrokers' latest release of alleged NSA hacking tools, and their consensus conclusion is that the leaks have some relevance for financial systems and the industrial Internet-of-things. And the Microsoft vulnerabilities against which the released exploits could be used have for the most part been quietly patched by Microsoft.
Syria's Assad regime, and probably its Russian sustainers, have undertaken a social media campaign intended to convince the susceptible that the regime's use of nerve agent against civilian populations never happened, and if it did, it was a US provocation—so hoax or provocation, the Damascus line is that it's Washington's fault.
A study of ISIS recruitment of women as suicide bombers suggests that the approach is different from that used to induce men to martyrdom, but close-reading suggests a common theme: promising those who don't fit in meaning and transcendence.
In the ransomware black market, Locky's out, Cerber is big, and Forcepoint announces discovery of newcomer CradleCore.
In industry news, Bloomberg alleges that security unicorn Tanium is firing employees just before their stock options vest.