A joint report by BR and NDR describes the long-running Winnti industrial espionage campaign against major German companies. The targets were drawn from the DAX 30, a set of blue chip companies listed on the Frankfurt exchange. Winnti's operations go back to 2011, and showed a familiar mix of intelligence and criminal motivation. The initial attacks seemed purely criminal, and were directed against Karlsruhe-based gaming company Gameforge. By 2014 the group had moved on to industrial espionage against chemical and pharmaceutical firms, starting with Düsseldorf's Henkel, whose adhesive technologies were of interest.
The operations against French targets had a political motivation, according to L'Opinion. Chinese operators worked to manipulate voting at the UN to prevent a French candidate from election to the international body's agriculture and food portfolio.
The US Senate Intelligence Committee has released the first volume of its report on Russian election interference. No new revelations, but the scope, intent, and methods of Russian operations in 2016 are plainly documented. The Washington Post notes that it's not just Russia. Other countries, especially Iran, have also gotten into the business.
City Power, the electrical company that serves Johannesburg, was hit by ransomware, News24 reports. The attack on the South African utility didn't cause a power failure, but it did disrupt customer-facing business operations.
The Governor of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency in response to ransomware attacks on three Louisiana school districts.
The Verge and others explain how to apply for Equifax breach compensation. Don't expect too much.