Cybercriminal gangs are busily at work reverse-engineering the tools alluded to in last week's ShadowBrokers' document dump, according to what SenseCy and Recorded Future tell CyberScoop they're observing in the dark web. These gangs are for the most part Russian, but with a significant fraction hailing from China.
How much serious labor the gangs will have to put in is a matter for speculation, but it may be less for the Russians than for the Chinese, given the degree to which Russian security and intelligence services have systematically interpenetrated and coopted criminal organizations. US authorities show signs (BuzzFeed has a long report on the topic) of pursuing the gangs as a matter of both law enforcement and national security.
The sources of the ShadowBrokers' leaks remain under investigation, but as the Daily Beast notes, signs in the latest set of leaks may point to an insider, which could set off a mole hunt as likely to be disruptive as productive.
Cooler heads now think the rumor that the US hacked North Korean missile tests last weekend is both wishful and wayward.
Hack Forums is an underground community known for Davey-Crockettesque exaggeration and braggadocio, but the self-proclaimed author of BrickerBot—someone calling himself "Janit0r"—seems to be the real thing, according to Bleeping Computer. He says he wants to force better IoT security and won't shut down BrickerBot regardless of the damage it's causing. (He's also a wanted man.)
Drupal patches core engine vulnerabilities. Linksys offers stopgap mitigations for router vulnerabilities.