E&E News reports that the US Department of Energy has said that four counties in California, Utah, and Wyoming experienced a "cyber event" that interrupted "electrical system operations" briefly on March 5th. E&E News notes that the Department's definition of "cyber event" is expansive, but little information has so far been forthcoming.
The US Department of Homeland Security has issued Binding Operational Directive 19-02, which establishes "Vulnerability Remediation Requirements for Internet-Accessible Systems." The directive builds on and supersedes Binding Operational Directive 15-01. Agencies will have to fix faster. The new directive requires that critical vulnerabilities be remediated within fifteen calendar days of initial detection. Agencies will have thirty calendar days to remediate "high vulnerabilities." Binding Operational Directives apply to US Federal agencies, with exceptions for the Defense Department and the Intelligence Community.
Facebook at its F8 shindig announced that "the future is private." CNET quotes CEO Zuckerberg as acknowledging the skepticism that will meet the new direction: "I get that a lot of people think we're not serious about this. I know we don't have the strongest reputation on privacy, to put it lightly." A look at the Telegraph's review of the company's initiatives suggests that end-to-end encryption of messages represents the biggest move toward privacy. Other changes, like the new prominence of groups, and initiatives to suggest unknown people likely to become "Friends," seem likelier to lead the social network into data temptation.
Mr. Assange will be detained fifty weeks at her Majesty's pleasure, the Wall Street Journal reports.