A new speculative execution issue is identified in Intel central processing units. The small set of flaws, collectively called "Foreshadow," are being mitigated, and in any case seem unlikely to be readily exploitable.
Microsoft addressed sixty flaws, two zero-days among them, in August's Patch Tuesday. Among the vulnerabilities attracting the most attention is one discovered by researchers at Okta, a security bypass exploit enabled by Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) mishandling of multi-factor authentication requests.
Adobe also patched, fixing eleven problems in Flash Player, Creative Cloud Desktop Application, Experience Manager, and Acrobat Reader.
Regional influence and economic advantage appear to drive renewed Chinese cyberespionage against Malaysian companies and governmental organizations.
A United Nations report suggests increasing Iranian prominence in al Qaeda networks.
The AP talks with various academic experts in communications and marketing and concludes that the Facebook pages the social medium recently expunged follow typical advertising playbooks, with affinity marketing supplemented with a moralistic dose of aversion. So nothing new here, but the skill shown by the presumably Russian persuaders is striking.
Sputnik, slugging as is apparently its wont on behalf of the little guy, accuses the BBC of committing fake news by "cherry-picking" encryption experts who will toe Her Majesty's Government's pro-snooping line.
In a generally well-reviewed move, the FBI appoints Amy Hess Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. Hess, a veteran of the FBI's science and technology side, is among other things regarded as a crypto-wars dove, at least by Bureau standards.