Rumors of a "second Stuxnet" were reinforced yesterday when Iran's Telecommunications Minister accused Israel of having attacked Iran's telecommunications infrastructure. The Minister said the attack was unsuccessful and, according to Reuters, vowed retaliation.
Cisco Talos research outlines the activities of "Persian Stalker," an Iranian domestic covert surveillance campaign that relies on spoofed Telegram apps to keep an eye on possible dissent.
Business Insider notes that observers think Iranian cyber operations against US oil production capabilities are a growing possibility as the US tightens sanctions against Tehran.
It is, of course, Election Day in the US, and so far there are no reports of any unusual interference in the voting. As WIRED comments, measures taken to secure the election have been "unprecedented," and while there are surely lessons to be drawn and improvements to be made, officials seem cautiously optimistic about cybersecurity of the midterms.
Concerns about influence operations persist, with Facebook saying last night that it had blocked one-hundred-fifteen accounts for "coordinated inauthenticity." There's some dissatisfaction with how Facebook's advertising transparency tool is working, and some Senators have asked the social network to buck up the tool's performance.
Twitter says it's ready, but the New York Times says the service remains infested with bots. Other observers note, reports Politico, that when it comes to trolling, irresponsibility, and so on, Americans do just fine on their own, without foreign help. In this case, as Pogo said half a century ago, "We have the enemy and he is us." He often is.