Venezuela continues to experience widespread blackouts, Reuters says. President Maduro, the legitimacy of whose government is disputed by the country's National Assembly, has blamed the power outages on US cyberattacks, aided and abetted with sabotage committed by internal wreckers. The opposition blames corruption, incompetence, and deteriorating infrastructure. Most outside observers seem to think the opposition probably has it right. While a cyberattack is a possibility, as an op-ed in Forbes notes, it seems unlikely. The specific allegation, evidence for which Maduro's regime says it intends at some point to refer to the UN, is that US cyber operators induced generator failure at the Guri hydroelectric dam. And the wreckers did it, too.
Citrix disclosed Friday that it had sustained a data breach, probably accomplished through a password-spraying attack. Resecurity thinks the actor was Iran's Iridium group, thought to be a state-sponsored espionage operation. Some six terabytes of business documents were accessed. What those documents contained remains under investigation.
US authorities continue to warn of the threat of both Chinese penetration of infrastructure and of Beijing's attempts at influence operations, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Much of that concern centers on manufacturer Huawei, currently suing the US Government in Federal court with, as the Washington Post notes, the hearty approval of the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Huawei's smaller rival ZTE, EJ Insight observes, faces similar suspicion, but receives less support from Beijing.
Bloomberg reports that Russian trolling may have turned to amplification of existing memes, the better to evade hunts for inauthenticity.