Oracle warns that attacks in July sought to exploit the Border Gateway Protocol in an attempted DNS redirection attack against US payment processors Datawire, Vantiv, and Mercury Payment Systems.
German security services have been thinking through the problem, and they believe they now in fact have the legal authority to conduct retaliatory cyber operations in response to an attack.
Ukraine's President Poroshenko has directed the country's security services to undertake a serious push to deflect attempts at election influence operations.
US Defense Secretary Mattis, pointing out that the military is there to defend the Constitution, says that the Department of Defense certainly has a role to play in fending off attempts to subvert, influence, or otherwise compromise elections. The principal threat is perceived as Russia, also said to be after the power grid.
The US Government is working with Facebook to devise ways of countering foreign black propaganda online. The challenge is difficult, but Facebook's ongoing work on content moderation, painful and expensive as it's been, may hold long-term benefits. The more lawyers and money it throws at content moderation, the wider Facebook's moat becomes against upstart disruptors.
Some recent studies in the US suggest that viral political messaging may be less effective than political campaigns think, hope, or fear. Whether national espionage services will reach the same conclusion is an open question. The online operation Anonymous has just announced against QAnon may provide an interesting case study, although Anonymous ops have tended to fizzle over the last several years.