The United States is weighing sanctions on Russia, as well as China, after a spate of serious cyberattacks. “The sanctions Washington is currently considering would not target suspected hackers of government data, but rather foreign citizens and firms believed responsible for cyber attacks on commercial enterprises, one official said,” according to Reuters. “If taken, the action would be the administration’s first use of an executive order signed by Obama in April to crack down on foreign hackers accused of penetrating U.S. computer systems. The officials declined to name any potential targets, concerned that advance warning would allow them to hide assets.”
PRESENTED BY APPLE: Apple is exploring the possibility of producing original programming. Variety reports:
Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif., colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content…. The scale of Apple’s ambitions vary depending on whom is asked, but one high-level executive who talked with the company said the goal is to create development and production divisions that would churn out long-form content to stream in a bid to compete with Netflix.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer announced she’s pregnant with identical twins, per the Associated Press. Mayer is already mom to a 3-year-old son.
WATCH OUT, IPHONE USERS: Cybersecurity researchers discovered a new set of malware targeting iPhones. The Daily Dot reports:
If you decided to jailbreak your iPhone, your login credentials could be at risk. A recently discovered family of malware has collected nearly a quarter-million usernames and passwords for Apple accounts…. More than 225,000 people have had their accounts compromised by KeyRaider, making it the largest security breach caused by malware. Users from 18 countries including China, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, and Canada have been affected.