Engima Software has found that malware infections are off about 20% in countries on the days in which their teams are playing in the World Cup. There's been one exception to the trend—Russia—where infection rates have actually risen slightly. Enigma has tracked rising and falling infection rates against significant outside events for some time. Rates, for example, tend to spike during holiday shopping seasons, and to drop during penitential religious seasons like Lent.
There's some concern in the UK that a long-expected Russian cybercampaign directed against British infrastructure is only on hold during the World Cup, and that it will be executed once the games are over. Tensions between the two countries rose over the weekend as the first known death in the Salisbury nerve agent attacks occurred—a bystander, probably not a target of the attack at all.
Russia's President Putin Friday called for international cooperation on cybersecurity.
The Australian National University reported sustaining an attack on its networks last week. The Sydney Morning Herald says that Australian federal officials have confirmed both that the university's network was compromised, and that the attack was mounted from China.
Timehop, which resurfaces posts from social media accounts, Saturday disclosed a breach that compromised personal data of twenty-one million users. Roughly a fifth of those users had associated a phone number with their account. The attackers apparently accessed Timehop's cloud environment through an account unprotected by multifactor authentication.
The Reserve Bank of India no longer provides services to cryptocurrency exchanges.