This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 138

Posted on 25 Nov 2019.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. This week: Evolving PCI. Online skimming/Magecart. A 1B record breach and an 11 breach week. Target sues over breach. Privacy regulations in conflict? Healthcare grab. Password ruling. More pressure for crypto-backdoors. New defensive tools. Five years to patch. VNC, RDP, and IoT - oh my. Replying to phone scammers. Busting scammers. 100K fake e-comm sites. Design error. Not so-smart homes. Lots of ransomware. Bluetooth scanners as burglary tool. Spammy banks. Internet islands. 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.