Yesterday Twitter suspended four-hundred-eighty-eight more accounts, this time for "sharing divisive social commentary" and "coordinated manipulation" as opposed to the "inauthenticity" Facebook stressed last week. Almost a hundred of the newly suspended Twitter accounts claimed to be located in the US; many of those were less than a year old.
Google warned US Senator Toomey (Republican of Pennsylvania) that his staff had been subjected to apparently unsuccessful spearphishing attacks. The accounts targeted were dormant, left over from the 2016 campaign. Unease over election hacking and influence operations persists in US political circles, where Defcon hacking demos are being taken seriously.
The Bank of Spain has experienced intermittent distributed denial-of-service attacks since Sunday, but says its services haven't been disrupted, so the attacks remain at a nuisance level.
Australia's newly formed government won't have a dedicated cybersecurity ministry. Instead, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will assume responsibility for cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.
Switzerland has closed its investigation into a 2014 cyberespionage incident defense firm Ruag. The results were inconclusive: no perpetrator could be identified with confidence. Russia had been suspected, and Swiss authorities did say they believed it unlikely any actor other than a nation-state could have carried out the attack, but it wasn't possible to attribute the incident to any particular government.
Some members of the US House of Representatives are pressing for reform of the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database. The Department of Homeland Security has become increasingly unable to keep pace with rising demands for vulnerability information.