North Korea's online operations are famous for having proceeded from vandalism to lucrative cybercrime, but their role in espionage shouldn't be discounted. Pyongyang's cyber operators are said to have hacked the UN panel responsible for administering economic sanctions leveled against the DPRK.
Dutch intelligence services report that state-directed cyberespionage has risen precipitously. Microsoft's president says we're witnessing a level of activity in cyberspace consistent with active warfare.
Quick Heal reports Chinese and Russian operators are showing a continued interest in Apache Struts exploits. Patching is strongly advised.
Another vulnerability affects servers: the Exim message transfer agent is susceptible to buffer overflow bugs. Devcore, which described the issue, recommends Exim users upgrade to version 4.90.1.
Palo Alto Networks reports finding a new, multi-functional cryptojacker in the wild. "ComboJack" steals Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, and Ethereum by replacing a wallet's legitimate address with the attacker's.
President Trump and Director of National Intelligence Coates say the US is fully determined to stop Russia (or anyone else) from interfering with midterm elections.
Two sad incidents display the lethal intersection of the informational and the kinetic. ISIS is using a video that purports to show the deaths of US special operations personnel during an ambush in Niger. The Caliphate has entered its terrorist diaspora phase. No longer able to maintain pretenses to governing, ISIS returns to its familiar online playbook of depraved inspiration. In the UK, police and intelligence organizations are treating the poisoning of a former Russian intelligence officer and his daughter as attempted assassinations.