Several major companies have disclosed a data breach attributable to a customer-support chat vendor many of them use, SIlicon Valley-based 7.ai. The breach is widely reported as affecting Delta Airlines and Sears Holdings, but it's more widespread than that. Best Buy is also said to have been affected, and other companies are thought likely to come forward soon. 7.ai says “The incident began on September 26, and was discovered and contained on October 12, 2017." Sears says it was notified in mid-March; Delta says it was told last week.
The US Secret Service has warned banks that chipped corporate debit cards are being tampered with by criminals. They intercept them in the mail, tamper with the chip, and then send them on to their ultimate corporate users.
New activity by the OceanLotus threat group is being observed. Trend Micro has detected a new MacOS backdoor being used against an array of human rights groups. OceanLotus is believed to operate on behalf of the government of Vietnam.
A Mirai variant is said to have been responsible for attacks on European financial institutions early this year.
Microsoft works to find the cause of widespread Office 360 outages being experienced across Europe today. The problem appears to be accidental, and not an attack, but investigation is in progress.
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg will testify before two US Senate committees next week, the day before he appears in the House.
Russia warns Britain that what Russia calls Britains provocation of Moscow is playing with fire.