The odd case of a large database holding PII affecting some eighty-million US households prompts concerns that identity thieves have already hit some kind of jackpot. vpnMentor, whose researchers discovered the exposure, says no one knows who owns (or owned, since it's been taken down) the database, but the data suggest online commerce.
A Bloomberg report of backdoors afflicting Huawei-manufactured Vodaphone equipment seems to point out at worst carelessness, and not the malice that "backdoor" has come to suggest. Huawei denies putting backdoors into the gear, telling ZDNet that this isn't about backdoors at all, but rather about old vulnerabilities that were fixed (as the Bloomberg piece mentions) when they were discovered in 2011 and 2012. The "backdoor" is apparently a familiar telnet issue.
US Secretary of State Pompeo says, according to the Hill, that Russia will remain a threat to US elections "for decades."
The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a Critical Functions List describing fifty-five areas that must be protected from cyberattack.
As reported in the Times of London, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a rare appearance in the terrorist group's Internet channels to promise a worldwide wave of attacks in revenge for the Caliphate's extinction in the territories it once controlled. He praised the Sri Lanka murderers as the first wave of reprisal. Fox News notes that this seems to be al-Baghdadi's first appearance online since 2014.
Dog bites man: Naked Security points out that piracy streaming apps are teeming with malware. Who knew?