This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 117

24 Jun 2019.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. This week: PCI PINv3 key blocks, PFI program updates, payment terminal inspections, Desjardin insider theft, DHS breach, prosecutors expose underage victims, pre-owned Nest Cam's pwned, AMCA breach leads to bankruptcy, a web hosting company has been charged along with the operators of a massive child-porn operation, Knowledge-Based-Authentication (KBA) is now officially dead, $1.5T lost in a decade of US breaches, a batch of NIST drafts for comment over the last few weeks, Big Data, surveillance, and drone privacy, US and APTs hacking the grids, Facebook-coin, quantum safe crypto, Mongo encrypts, Google goes with commutative encryption, TV-AV, the impending worm, QuadrigaCX crypto-fraud, do we really need digital license plates, C programmers being bitten by undefined behavior, a real life Iron-Man suit, and more.

Now here's this week’s selection of news, opinions, and research. Quickly skim annotated links organized by topic: compliance and payment security, breaches, regulation, bugs, privacy, hacking/malware, other security & risk, and more. We hope you enjoy and find them useful.

PCI Compliance and Payments

News and announcements relating to Payment Security, Payments, PCI, and Card Brands.

Breaches / Leaks

Covering breaches, leaks, data exposures, and their fallout.


Articles about privacy related news, risks, and trends.

Laws & Regulations / Standards

News about laws, regulations, and standards affecting security, privacy,  technology, and public interest.

Defense / Techniques / Solutions

Covering developments and opportunities that may help improve security.

Bugs / Design Flaws / Vulnerabilities / Research

Articles about newly discovered vulnerabilities and research.

Hacking / Malware / Cybercrime / Exploitation

News covering active trends and events.

Other Security / Risk

Articles covering other types of risks.

Off-Topic / Science & Tech / Lighter Side

A variety of scientific, technical, historical, and more light-hearted news.