The US FBI is generally being credited with having placed a significant impediment in front of a VPNFilter attack. Widely regarded as the work of Fancy Bear (Russia's military intelligence service, GRU), VPNFilter appeared poised for a major campaign against Ukraine. The two suspected triggering events—tomorrow's futbol Champions League match in Kiev (Real Madrid versus Liverpool) and Ukraine's Constitution Day (June 28th)—remain in the future, so we shall see how well the Bureau did. But so far, bravo FBI.
Should such an attack materialize, it's unlikely to be easily contained within Ukraine. The country has been patient zero for other attacks that have gone global, notably NotPetya, also widely regarded as made-in-Russia.
Avast warns it's found a number of discount Android phones that shipped from factory to customer with malware already installed.
Amazon acknowledges that Alexa's Echo was reporting ambient conversations to third-party contacts. The company is working on a fix.
BMW has patched fourteen bugs in its connected car models. They were discovered and disclosed by Tencent’s Keen Security Lab. Some of them could have affected control systems.
GDPR is in effect, today, with its expected worldwide implications. Microsoft, for example, is going to treat essentially everyone in the world as if they're covered by the regulation. And right on cue, the first legal complaints of GDPR violations have been filed.
Three gamers have now been indicted on US Federal charges stemming from a swatting that took the life of an uninvolved and innocent Kansas man.