Ukrainian authorities say they've detected and stopped a VPNFilter attack against a chemical plant engaged in chlorine distribution to water purification plants. Details are still emerging, and the investigation is in its early stages. VPNFilter is a modular attack platform that shares some features with DarkEnergy, well-adapted to information stealing. It's not clear whether (or how) the attack might have produced physical damage, but a cyber operation that touches water distribution is alarming.
NATO's meetings arrived at some resolutions committing to operations in cyberspace. The discussions were particularly direct in calling out hostile "disinformation" campaigns as a threat. Reports this week offer new details on probable Russian information operations directed against French and US elections.
Comment spam has resurfaced on WordPress blogs. The malicious comments direct the unwary to World Cup betting sites.
Intel releases notes on patches and mitigations for newly disclosed speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities. Chrome's site isolation feature is offered as a mitigation for Spectre-class bugs.
Russia resumes its path towards Internet autarky, with its "parallel Internet" set to reach significant initial milestones at the beginning of August. It may not make economic sense, but that's not the point.
Australia has succeeded in excluding Huawei from an undersea communications cable that would serve the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
The US Army, as planned, has issued its first two direct commissions into its new Cyber Branch. The officers enter as first lieutenants. Such direct commissions have been offered for some years to medical and legal professionals.