Germany has joined other nations in attributing widespread cyberattacks to Russia's GRU ("APT28," a.k.a. Fancy Bear). Brazil is voicing concerns about Russian election influence operations. The UK is preparing a retaliatory capability against Russian cyberattacks.
Bloomberg's report of Chinese hardware seeding attacks on the IT supply chain receives more skeptical criticism. Both Apple and Amazon quickly denied the report as soon as it was published. On Friday the UK's National Cyber Security Centre said it had no reason to doubt Apple's and Amazon's assessments. On Saturday the US Department of Homeland Security agreed: "Like our partners in the UK...at this time we have no reason to doubt the statements from the companies named in the story." Both DHS and GCHQ deny investigating the issue.
Google announced yesterday that it would wind down its social network. Google+ had been commercially disappointing. It was also leaky: the Wall Street Journal reports that Google+ revealed user data to app developers without users' knowledge. The Journal says Google knew about the API issue in March, but decided on legal advice that it wasn't strictly speaking obligated to disclose it. Mountain View feared regulatory scrutiny and reputational damage. (It will now receive both.)
In the UK, the High Court threw out a suit that could have cost Google £3.3 billion. The suit concerned illegitimate data collection rom Apple's Safari browser (the "Safari Workaround") between August 2011 and February 2012. Google has settled various US claims over the same incident for a total of $39.5 million.