Military officers in Ukraine are being spearphished by a group seeking to install the Ratvermin backdoor, according to BleepingComputer. FireEye, which identified the campaign, links it to the Luhansk People's Republic. This is a region in Eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia and represented by the occupiers as being a breakaway state that's won its independence from Ukraine. Kiev regards Luhansk as nothing more than an administrative fig leaf for the Russian occupation.
The Washington Post sees the Luhansk operation as a troubling harbinger of small-state and non-state actors deploying increasingly sophisticated cyber weapons. Alternatively, this might be more realistically viewed as a Russian attempt to achieve plausible deniability, and not as a small-group breakout into the big time.
Supporters who wish to stand by Julian Assange, the BBC says, are doing so by taking two Yorkshire Councils' websites down. Presumably the attacks on Barnsley and Bedale would prompt a groundswell of hacktivist pressure in favor of Mr. Assange's release.
Computing reports that the Wipro hack may have targeted dozens of the company's clients.
The AP is reporting on another suspicious questioner, one Lucas Lambert, who said he was a venture capitalist and wished to talk with a Russia specialist at the Chatham House think tank about a cyber conference Mr. Lambert said his firm was organizing. But the conversations all turned quickly to whether anyone was being paid to bad-mouth Kaspersky Lab. The AP is reminded of a similar approach to Citizen Lab by one Michel Lambert back in February.