This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 154

Posted on 15 Mar 2020.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. Trending: Coronavirus Spread and the P-word, Closures and bans, Countermeasures and responses, Vaccines, Impacts, Regulations, Cybercriminals, Profiteers, Snake-oil, and hoarding. PCI: PTS v3 extension, DSS futures, P2PE Errata. Breaches: UK, Netherlands, Whisper app, Melbourne Polytechnic, O2 partner. The EARN IT Act war on crypto. Right-to-repair. Password rotation. Free container ebook. Emergency Fix for Critical Windows SMB bug. Intel LVI chip flaw. Flawed mobile voting. Botnet takedown. IQY file malware. Mind control. 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.

The Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to ominate the news:

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.