Items from security-related news (E111.Nov-2012)

New York Times, September 30, 2012,
Attacks on 6 Banks Frustrate Customers
by Nicole Perlroth

Five major US banks were the targets of denial of service attacks from sources that have not been identified. Frustrated users were shut off from their online banking.


New York Times, October 10, 2012
Ahead of Spyware Conference, More Evidence of Abuse
By Nicole Perlroth

There is more evidence that spyware has been used by governments to keep an eye on suspected dissidents. The commercially produced software was not advertised for this purpose.