Akamai has published an account of the very large distributed denial-of-service attack against an unnamed European bank it stopped earlier this week: "The attack generated 809 million packets per second." In terms of packets per second, Akamai believes this is a record. The attackers' motivation is unclear, but whoever was behind it had a large botnet. Most of its bots, 96.2%, were observed for the first time in this incident.
Sophos has observed a new member of the Glupteba malware family. It's stealthy and evasive, and it not only collects a great deal of information from victim machines, but it's also being used to drop cryptocurrency miners and browser stealers.
Palo Alto Networks describes "Lucifer," hybrid malware with both cryptojacking and DDoS functionality.
The US Department of Defense has designated Huawei and Hikvision, among other firms, as companies owned or controlled by China's military, Reuters reports. The designation in itself triggers no sanctions, but it can lay the groundwork for more restrictions on the companies named.
The US Justice Department has issued a superseding indictment of WikiLeaks impresario Julian Assange. It doesn't add charges to the eighteen counts Mr. Assange already faces, but it does "broaden the scope of the conspiracy surrounding alleged computer intrusions with which Assange was previously charged." He's alleged in the new indictment to have conspired with LulzSec and Anonymous.
The European Commission yesterday released its assessment of the first two years of GDPR. It's positive, but the Commission would like to see more "vigorous" enforcement.