The lull in Chinese cyberattacks during the previous US Administration and the early days of the current one appears to have amounted to a false dawn. Carbon Black's recent quarterly threat report has led some to conclude that the lull was a period of learning and development during which the PLA and the Ministry of State Security took lessons from Russian operations. Now it seems, as Ars Technica puts it, Beijing has "taken the gloves off."
There may be a partial explanation for Iran's terse warnings about cyberattacks. Bleeping Computer says, based in part on reporting by Israeli outlet Hadashot, that Iranian infrastructure has recently been afflicted with a "Stuxnet-like" strain of malware.
Trolling aside—and there's been no shortage of that—observers are wondering where the Russians are in the US midterm elections. The Bears have been relatively quiet, which leads nervous commentators to breathlessly predict a big surprise for next Tuesday's voting.
Russian information operations may have been more effective at home than abroad. Apparently conventional wisdom among Russians is that the US will experience a second Civil War by 2020. Celebrities and businesses sometimes come to take too much stock in their own press releases. The same might happen with trolling and statecraft, too.
US Cyber Command seems to be ready to retaliate in kind against any Election Day cyberattacks.
The BBC reports that tens of thousands of Facebook private messages, many from accounts based in Russia or Ukraine, are now for sale on the dark web.