This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 136

11 Nov 2019.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. This week: Expiring HSMs, Contactless on COTS, more on Key Blocks, updated FAQ list, more Magecart and e-com-fraud. Insider and third-party breaches at Facebook, Twitter, Trend Micro. Better breach notification. Breach excuses. Encrypted DNS. NIST Privacy. DNA and law enforcement. Snowden on GDPR. The CLOUD Act bites back. Quantum safety. Protecting apps. More secure chips. Smart speakers and lasers. Healthcare breaches and fatalities. Social media and surveillance. 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.