This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 161

Posted on 03 May 2020.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. Trending: Coronavirus: New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Russia, Belgium, Mississippi. Vaccines, anti-bodies, treatments. Guidance, Response and Recovery. More good, the bad, and the ugly. Payments, PCI & Covid. Breaches & ransomware: Banco BCR (cards), GDPR site, Tokopedia (15M), 9M UK licence plate trip logs, TaiLieu(7M), LineageOS. How to respond to a breach tip. Contact tracing and privacy. Facebook settlement. Biometrics & De-anonymizing device IDs. Patents. NIST updates. Fuzzing Apple. Power Grid defense. Saving ".org". SQL on a firewall! OpenSSL, Teams, Wordpress, Saltstack, Magneto, Adobe, Belkin NetCams. Lock-picking. Shade ransomware keys released. Tricky phone scam. Deep-fakes and identity theft. COVID cabin fever. Trolling AI's. Ad 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

Coronavirus updates. We recently change the way we report COVID articles to you so it is less overwhelming. Many COVID articles will appear within our normal blog section headings each with a sub-group dedicated to COVID-19. For example:

  • Facts about its spread, direct impact, and how people react will continue under Trending.
  • Regulations and restrictions to counter the virus will be under Regulations.
  • Privacy Implications, PCI/Payments, Cybercrime under their respective sections
  • Treatments, Vaccines, Innovations, Coping methods under Defense
  • Information on how/why it spreads, improvements understanding it, etc. under Vulnerabilities
  • Economic impact and articles that don't fit into the other categories will be under Other Risk.
  • Breaches (and Ransomware) under Breaches.

Our first regular reports on coronavirus can be found at https://controlgap.com/blog/this-weeks-insecurity-issue-147. And our first use of the trending topic section can be found https://controlgap.com/blog/this-weeks-insecurity-issue-149.

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.

Privacy

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.