This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 142

Posted on 22 Dec 2019.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. This week: Payments: Scams, Magecart, Liability Shift. Breaches at Facebook, Zynga, Lifelabs, WaWa, Ring, and others. Ransomware now listed a potential breach. The terrifying truth of smart phone location data. What your car knows about you. Internet shutdowns. More big tech scrutiny. 911 v2.0. Passwords. IoT, Ring, DTEN. Nation state risks. What password strength meters get wrong. Closing the barn door. Spam scams. SIM swaps, when your number is spoofed. Porch pirates. Kids don't trust Alexa. 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, PCI, Card Brands, Payments, Payment Malware and Fraud.

Breaches / Leaks

Covering breaches, leaks, data exposures, ransomware (as potential breach), and their fallout.

Privacy

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.