Iranian officials say President Rouhani's phone was "recently" compromised, and would be replaced. Their announcement was terse and offered neither details nor attribution.
Motherboard describes the apparent role played by Saud Al-Qahtani (a.k.a. "Mr. Hashtag"), a close advisor to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in obtaining surveillance software from Milan-based HackingTeam. The Jerusalem Post describes the Saudis' surprising willingness to purchase other espionage tools from Israeli sources—they put the Kingdom's purchases at $250 million.
US state election officials are gratified by offers of free security tools from cybersecurity companies, but, as many CISOs would authenticate, they're finding the tools confusing and in many cases beyond their ability to use. The Department of Homeland Security is said to be thinking that this would have proceeded more happily had DHS served as a clearing house for the offers.
Malwarebytes warns that a Mac app, "Cointicker," installs keyloggers and backdoors along with its handy alt-coin price-tracker.
Researchers at Cymulate demonstrate a way of infecting Word documents by introducing malicious code into embedded video. The attack evades common forms of detection.
The Director of the Australian Signals Directorate warns that using "high-risk" Chinese telecom devices poses a threat to water and power infrastructure.
The US Commerce Department has, on national security grounds, banned US companies from selling to Chinese chipmaker Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit.
Russia and the US have offered the UN predictably competing proposals for international norms of conduct in cyberspace, the former favored by authoritarians, the other by liberal democracies.