According to Haaretz and other sources, Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence service has warned that an unnamed “foreign country” intends to interfere with the country’s upcoming elections.
CyberScoop reports that for some months prior to its recent doxing of insurance firms for 9/11 claim information, the Dark Overlord was actively seeking both talent and attention. Nothing in their recruiting pitches gives the lie to the group’s avowed financial motives. The criminal gang’s headcount was reduced in the spring of 2018 when Serbian police devoted some attention to the Dark Overlord's activities.
The Media Trust offers notes on ICEPick-3PC, a malware strain targeting mostly Android devices and of particular concern to publishers and e-commerce sites.
More concerns are being expressed about Facebook’s access to data being overshared by some apps. Privacy International found that more than half of the apps it tested shared usage data with the social network. One might dismiss this as relatively unimportant SDK data, but in the aggregate, as researchers point out, the data can tell interested parties a lot about a user, including some information that shades into what’s protected under GDPR.
The Straits Times says that Vietnam alleges that Facebook is in violation of that country’s new, harsh, and autarkic Internet laws. Facebook denies any wrongdoing.
POLITICO has an exclusive in the increasingly strange story of alleged NSA-leaker and classified data packrat Hal Martin. Kaspersky is said to have fingered him to NSA after the Russian security firm received some odd tweets from the former contractor.