This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 131

Posted on 07 Oct 2019.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. This week: PCI SSF Program Opens. Breaches: word games, fragrance, Russians, more Russians, zendesk, millions of Brazilians, lessons learned. Privacy lawsuits, Amazon tracking, facial db. Backdoors and law enforcement. EU cookies. EU extraterritorial win. NIST Manufacturing and IoT. Distrusting sketchy SSDs. Protecting Azure keys. Ransomware outbreaks and lessons. CPEs. Embedded vulnerabilities hit medical devices and more. PDF trickery. Two bullet proof hosts taken down. Nations abusing Play Store. Almost quantum tech. Disruption and adversarial interoperability. Voting hack. Evacuation orders. Anti-trust vs. open standard. 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.