The US and UK continue to warn that Russian cyber operators (associated in most reports with "Grizzly Steppe") continue the reconnaissance phase (and possibly the staging phase) of their ongoing battlespace preparation. US-CERT's warning contained a good deal of actionable advice on how to reduce vulnerability to such probes.
Observers note that the intelligence offered in justification of the airstrikes against targets in Syria associated with the Assad regime's use of chemical agents against restive civilians was based to a great extent on open sources. Comments by both the US and French governments indicate that social media were a particularly important source of information. Drone policies and tactics appear to be informing allied cyber action.
The US income tax deadline (April 17th vice the customary 15th) has been extended an additional day. The Internal Revenue Service's online systems failed as eleventh-hour taxpayers attempted to file. The IRS said it's a "hardware issue," which is generally interpreted as meaning "we weren't hacked."
A US Federal judge in California has ruled that a class action suit complaining of Facebook's facial recognition technology can go forward. The judge noted that damages could be very high. Concerns about social media and privacy continue to run high. Forbes reports that an Israel-based surveillance firm, Terrogence, has used facial recognition features in Facebook and other platforms to build a very large database of biometric profiles.
Australian intelligence services are joining their counterparts in the UK and the US in regarding Chinese device manufacturer ZTE with suspicion.