Tensions between the US and Turkey, connected to Turkey's detention of a US missionary and Turkey's growing rapprochement with Russia, have manifested themselves in hacktivism by supporters of Turkish President Erdogan. Crowdstrike reports that members of the group Ayyildiz Tim took over social media accounts belonging to journalists at Fox News, Bloomberg, and The New York Times. Ayyildiz Tim claims the support of Turkish security services, but it's worth noting that Turkey has for some years had active groups of patriotic hacktivists.
Iranian cyber operators active in Cobalt Dickens appear connected with the Mabna Institute, named in earlier US indictments of Iranian hackers. They've also appropriated journalists' identities.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that CIA sources inside Russia have gone dark, possibly gone underground, leaving Langley with much less insight than it formerly had into Russian intentions, especially intentions with respect to US midterm elections.
In news that's been evergreen since AD 1054, the Russian government is said to be collecting intelligence on the Orthodox Church. This time the target is private correspondence of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, whose see is in Istanbul (formerly Constantinople). Russian interest in Ukrainian religious developments apparently provides the proximate motive.
US Army Cyber Command's leader thinks ISIS will step up its online activity as the small remaining physical territory of its aspiring caliphate shrinks to insignificance.
Booz Allen Hamilton reports on RtPOS, a newly identified point-of-sale malware family. RtPOS's lack of data exfiltration capability suggests, disturbingly, that it's a post-compromise tool.