This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 139

Posted on 02 Dec 2019.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. This week: New PCI FAQs, POS and restaurant breaches, Magecart. Breaches at Adobe, Palo Alto, and Vistaprint. Smartwatch exposure. Privacy laws and the future. Facebook and Twitter SDKs. Right to be forgotten. IoT encryption debate. RCS (SMS replacement) vulnerabilities, more ransomware, national security and Chinese tech. What is AI? Nukes and climate. DeepFake example . Electric seaplanes. 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.