This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 149

Posted on 09 Feb 2020.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. New trending stories section with updates on Coronovirus, Ransomware Evolution, and Election Security. PCI PTS 3 expiry. PCI Events. Magecart. More sextortion. Changing Disclosure Shame Culture. FCC privacy enforcement. IP addresses are not PII. Legal WTFs. India's Data Protection Bill. Nist updates on ransomware, supply chain risk and more. SIM fraud. Women in Cybersecurity Nominations. Chrome ups the bar. 'Radioactive Data' vs. AI. Phone Forensics. Bugs in Windows search, Sudo, and Azure. More air-gap exfiltration. Why patch Windows 7. Scam losses in Canada. Beware the cleaners. IoT Supply Chain Malware. risk. Y2K all over again. Anti-Vax fatality. Regulating AI. Faking traffic jams. 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.

New - Emerging Issues and Trending Stories

This special section is dedicated to emerging issues and trending stories that cross multiple of our regular news categories.

PCI Compliance and Payments

News and announcements relating to Payment Security, PCI, Card Brands, Payments, Payment Malware and Fraud.

Breaches / Ransomware / 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.