Avast follows up the trend toward cross-site request forgery attacks against routers with a report on the exploit kits used. The attacks had been noted earlier by Radware and NetLab. Victims continue to be concentrated in Brazil.
CoinDesk reports that Japanese alt-coin exchange Bitpoint has halted all activity while it investigates the theft of some $32 million in cryptocurrency.
The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday that the US Federal Trade Commission had approved a $5 billion settlement over Facebook privacy missteps in connection with the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The agreement, which is thought to contain provisions for closer privacy oversight, now goes to the Justice Department's Civil Division for final review.
As big as $5 billion may seem, Congressional critics calling the settlement a "slap on the wrist" point to Facebook's very high revenues, which were, the Washington Post notes, $15 billion for the last quarter alone. An opinion piece in the Verge argues that in the context of profits and history, Facebook got off lightly.
Deutsche Welle reports that an "unprecedented" power failure affecting Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay yesterday remains under investigation, but Argentina's Energy Ministry says a cyber attack is "not among the main alternatives being considered." MSNBC quotes New York City's Mayor DeBlasio saying the city is "as certain as we can be" that Manhattan's weekend blackout was not caused by a cyber attack. Power has been largely restored in both instances. Official announcements concerning grid failures now routinely address the possibility of cyber attack.