Olympic officials have confirmed that the winter games' official website was hacked during the opening ceremonies and remained unavailable for some twelve hours. A Pyeongchang 2018 spokesperson said the incident was a cyberattack and suggested that they know who was responsible. "In line with best practice," however, they will not yet offer any attribution. Tabloid speculation calls out the Russian mob and discerns a conventional criminal motive, but it's far too early to credit any snap judgment about cause and motivation.
Researchers over the weekend found cryptojacking on government websites in the UK, the US, and Australia. The miner, CoinHive, was apparently introduced through an accessibility plug-in, Browsealoud, developed by the British firm Texthelp. Texthelp confirms the compromise and is investigating.
The Sacramento Bee has decided to delete its (legally obtained) California voter database rather than pay extortionists to decrypt it.
IBM has issued patches for Spectre and Meltdown, and warned of a Lotus Notes bug.
Belgian police have released decryption keys for Cryakl ransomware on the No More Ransom site.
The CIA says reports it gave $100 thousand to a Russian informant as a downpayment on a million dollars promised for discreditable kompromat on President Trump are a crock (that is, "patently false"). This very odd and still developing story derives mostly from reports in the New York Times and the Intercept; the alleged transaction is said to be part of an operation to recover stolen classified information, which is itself at least as odd as any alleged kompromat.