This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 143

29 Dec 2019.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. A slow week in payments. Incidents at Wyze, Factual, Honda, Bank of England, and Synoptek. Wawa and LifeLabs sued. Top security screwups and threats of 2019. Bypassing 2FA. Disinformation and your brain. When is data publlic? Did location tracking just get worse? Government back-doors. Taxes and social media. Facial recognition and surveillance. Holiday phishing and scams. ToTok spyware. Cyberinsurance pull-back. Revenge porn law challenged. AI. Huawei and Google. Risks of DNA kits. Mushroom identification. 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.


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.