This Week’s [in]Security - Issue 145

13 Jan 2020.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. Online Skimming and PCI. breach. Ransomware and Password Theft. DNA collection. Apple vs. FBI Round 2, NIST IoT, Password blocking. Correcting misinformation. Practical SHA-1 attack, Critical Firefox, Citrix ADC, WebEx, and CableHaunt. An ancient AV archive bug. ToTok controversy. Ontario Healthcare risks. Iranian malware and powergrids. Supply chain DoS. Tricky Phishing. Hacking laws with SQL. Ask Why! Another nuclear false alarm. Deepfakes and lies. Australian wildfires. Emoji liabilities. Measles deaths. Gaining Trust. Disturbing AI. 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.