At a mid-afternoon press conference yesterday US President Trump walked back remarks he made at the conclusion of his summit with Russian President Putin which gave the impression that he accepted Mr. Putin's word over that of US intelligence services, apparently agreeing that Russia had not attempted to influence US elections. Mr. Trump's remarks in Helsinki were roundly criticized from all political sides. The President said that he either misspoke or was mis-heard, and that he believes what the US Intelligence Community has concluded about Russian influence operations.
Mr. Putin did a bit of woofing about conducting a joint Russo-American investigation into the Russian influence operations he insists didn't happen. (Many will be reminded of similar offers of joint investigation into the Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England, for which Russia also denies responsibility.)
Siemens has updated its security guidance on the Spectre and Meltdown chipset vulnerabilities, warning of new variants and promising software and firmware updates to address them.
Magnibur ransomware, endemic in South Korea, has spread in new variants to other East Asian linguistic communities, especially in China, Singapore, and Malaysia.
US medical diagnostics provider LabCorp has sustained a data breach that could expose the medical records of millions of patients.
The US Department of Defense intends to add cybersecurity checks to the test and evaluation phases of its acquisition cycle.
Oracle's quarterly patch update was released yesterday.
Slate retracts a story about a Verizon data breach. Their reporting mistook an old story for a new one.