Japan joined Hawaii with a false missile launch alert as North Korean nuclear saber-rattling continues to put local civil-defense teeth on edge. Broadcaster NHK mistakenly issued, then quickly retracted, a warning on Tuesday. Both the Hawaiian and Japanese cases are being put down, credibly, to operator error and not a cyberattack, but as is normally the case with accidents and glitches, people are now thinking about the possibility and implications of emergency warning system hacks.
Divestments and spin-outs happen in criminal as well as legitimate markets. The author of the Exobot Android banking Trojan (initially called "Marcher" by some researchers) has decided to cash out and exit the market. He (she? they?) is selling off Exobot's code. The Trojan, regarded as a particularly successful one, has hitherto been leased on a monthly basis. Exobot campaigns are expected to spike.
A Satori botnet is actively and successfully stealing from cryptocurrency wallets.
Bitconnect, the cryptocurrency exchange widely derided as a Ponzi scheme, has closed. People are now wondering whether YouTube star "CryptoNick," who'd long flacked the exchange, was engaging in a pump-and-dump scheme.
Norway's Southern and Eastern Regional Health Authority is reported to have been breached, apparently by hackers after personal information. Data on about three-million Norwegians are believed to have been exposed.
Oracle's January patches are out, numbering two-hundred-thirty-seven.
Davos convenes next week, and discussion of global conflict and cyber risk are expected to figure prominently in the meetings. The World Economic Forum has issued a resiliency "playbook" for general consideration.