Finland joins the ranks of countries who've found Russian cyber activity targeting their industrial and energy infrastructure.
Flashpoint describes a cut-rate crimeware kit, "Rubella," that offers some "point-and-click builder functionality" and generates malicious payloads for spam. It's not sophisticated, but skid criminals can rent it for $40 a month.
GrayShift, the iPhone unlocking specialists who've sold their GrayKey to law enforcement agencies, has been the victim of code theft. Unknown parties apparently got the source code snippets from a customer site where GrayShift's user-interface was briefly exposed to the Internet. The hackers demanded ransom, which GrayShift refused. The company thinks the software that was lost, judging from what the hackers have posted, is just code used to show messages to a user.
A piece about online inspiration in the New York Times concludes that by their nature social media tend to breed extremism—"attention, praise and a sense of importance and agency" are easy to come by online. And the algorithmically discerned rate of engagement is self-reinforcing.
The UK's Snooper's Charter suffered a setback today, as the High Court directed that the law be revised to require prior independent review before it can access retained metadata.
The Federal Network Protection Act, S. 2743, would fast-track the US Department of Homeland Security's ability to pull compromised software and systems from Federal networks.
Experts who've reviewed Ray Ozzie's proposed modus vivendi in the Crypto Wars tend to conclude that it's a form of key escrow. (Some compare it to the Clipper chip.)