This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 129

Posted on 24 Sep 2019.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. This week: Big updates from the PCI Community meeting including DSS 4.0, P2PE 3.0, and Software Security. Lots of breaches. 8 cities via Click2Gov, Magecart revival and hotel booking sites. Equador (yes the country). Facebook suspends thousands of apps. FBI National Security letters and back-doors. New Mitre CWE top 25. Faster Wi-fi. Elections. AI fighting card fraud. Microsoft breaks defender. More bad Android apps. Fitbit catches up murder. Sentencing and sanctions. Russian's read FBI encrypted comms. Gene manipulation gone wrong. Crown Sterling demo flops. The climate , carbon footprints, and nukes. 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.

This week's photo was taken at the Vancouver PCI Community meeting (and no your browser hasn't stuck rendering). This highlights the risks of video games bleeding through into reality :). Okay we confess, it's just a nice sculpture.

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.