This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 155

22 Mar 2020.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. Trending:COVID-19 update: Spread, containment, Reactions, response, impact, Surveillance, Information, Tools, How much Toilet Paper, Extraordinary invention, Treatments, vaccines, Behaviours from just bad to evil. Magecart. POS Terminal sanitization. Breach responsibility. 3 Mega-breaches. Who Has Your Face. De-Googling. FIPS 140-3 and NIST. NIST Telework guidance and more. Password managers. Russian cyber-weapon breach. Security theatre. 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.

Coronavirus COVID-19 update

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.