This Week's [in]Security - Issue 196

Posted on 03 Jan 2021.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. SolarWinds. Espionage vs Cyberwar. Year in Review Articles. Magecart. New breaches. New Ransomware. Ransomware evolution. Section 230, Patriot Act, False Arrests, Copy and Paste Laws. Know your enemy. Data Lifecycle Management. DNS evolution. TLS 1.3. Flash Sunset. Zyxel backdoors. File Surveillance. Google Docs. Trends. Streaming Swattings. Nation States. Arrests, etc. Ticketmaster. AI. Serverless. Car bombs. Thin Ice. Returns. Health, Safety & Environment. Covid-19: Spread, Curves, Spikes, Waves, & reinfections. New Variants. Impact. Vaccine Progress, More Vaccines, 1-shot Strategies. More of the Good, Bad, and Ugly - Politicians and Celebrities. And more.

Trending news

The SolarWinds Nation State Supply Chain Hack variously called Solar-Gate, Solorigate, (and yes even Breaking-Wind) dominates the headlines and has organizations scrambling to see just how bad it was. This is a major event and fast moving story with far reaching implications.

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, and Public Policy

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, alerts, events.

Other Security / Risk

Articles covering other types of risks.

COVID-19 updates.

COVID related articles. We have been following coronavirus risks since

Off-Topic / Science & Tech / Lighter Side

A variety of scientific, technical, historical, and more light-hearted news.