In the run-up to next months Winter Olympics, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the first significant hacking campaign directed at those interested in the games has surfaced. Researchers at McAfee discovered the campaign, which uses phishing emails to spread malicious code in the form of an attached Korean-language text document. McAfee offers no attribution, but they have said that the campaign's complexity suggests that a nation-state is behind it.
Other Olympics have experienced associated cyber attacks, notably the 2016 Rio games. Most were criminal in motivation, although there were Fancy Bear sightings in retaliation for exposure of Russian doping scandals. More attacks can be expected as the Pyeongchang games approach.
Remediation of Meltdown and Spectre, which MIT's Technology Review is calling "Chipmageddon," continues. Spectre is now clearly known to affect essentially all chips, not just Intel's, but Intel continues to bear the brunt of hostile scrutiny, including class action lawsuits the plaintiff's bar quickly and predictably initiated at the end of last week. Despite concerns over incompatibilities between a patched Microsoft Windows 10 and a number of anti-virus products, and despite widespread fear of slower performance, most experts are advising enterprises and individuals to apply the fixes. Intel discounts the effect of mitigations on speed, and Motherboard reassures gamers that they'll still be fast enough to "crush noobs."
Unrest continues in Iran, as do government attempts to control information: former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (no Westernizing reformer, by any account) is said to have been arrested for fomenting dissent.