Secure email provider VFEmail sustained an attack yesterday that wiped its US infrastructure. It's a business-killer: the company will probably cease operations. "Every VM is lost," the company tweeted. "Every file server is lost, every backup is lost." The attacker's motive is unknown and may be simple malice, or just the lulz, effectively the same thing. ZDNet says a Bulgarian IP address turned up in the attack traffic, but there's no attribution yet. VFEmail advises against reconnecting email clients to their service lest even users' local backups be lost.
The EU deliberates a coordinated response to APT10's recent activity. Unanimity will be tough to achieve, Bloomberg reports: not every member sees the same things.
The AP says Norway has again warned of Russian GPS jamming. The Drive reports US Army Stryker combat vehicles have been hacked. Marine Times says the Corps has a shadow-IT problem with close air support.
President Trump yesterday signed an Executive Order designed to maintain American leadership in artificial intelligence against determined, effective Chinese competition. With that, and with both Microsoft and Google having cautiously warned investors that while they're all-in on AI, AI does pose certain risks to their business, there's a mood of speculation about AI's future as it affects the future of humanity. WIRED offers a cyberpunk version of what amounts to either logical atomism or the myth of the cave. Either early Wittgenstein or mid-career Plato, so squint through your VR goggles and take your pick (but watch out for the whales).