This Week's [in]Security - Issue 172

Posted on 19 Jul 2020.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. Twitter Hack/Breach. Facebook Ad boycott. Covid-19: Spread, Curves, Spikes & Waves. Lockdown, Reopening, & The New Normal. More of the Good, Bad, and Ugly. Key Block Implementation Delay. Those lying No-logging VPN services. CCPA lawsuit. Data Exfiltration vs. Data at Rest Controls? Confidential Computing. Mozilla VPN. Anti-voice-assistant snooping tech. Free anti-ransomware tool. Stopping web-trackers. DNS. SAP Recon. Smartphone Knock Codes (Patterns) CIA hackers. Mandated malware? Iran oops. Counterfeit Network Gear. Enigma. Step inside someone else's YouTube bubble if you dare. And more.

Trending news and COVID-19 updates.

The COVID related articles here fit together. Other COVID articles will appear under our normal section headings like regulations, privacy, breaches, and other risks. We have been following coronavirus risks since

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.