This Week's [in]Security - Issue 229

Posted on 22 Aug 2021.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. Big-Hacks: T-Mobile. New breaches: Terrorist Watchlist, US census, Baby monitors and cams, Chase, HVAC as a vector, New Ransomware: State Department, Brazil. Major outages: Pakistan. Follow-ups & Fall-out: Colonial, Blackbaud, Pearson. Privacy: FB. Laws & Regs: Canada: Copyright. US: LEA data loss, Tesla. Standards: NIST CMVP. Defense: Hiring, ZeroTrust,, Tools. Vulnerabilities: more PrintNightmare, Apple photos, STARTTLS, Chrome, Cisco, Fortinet, LinkedIn Jobs, Wordpress, Realtek IoT Wi-Fi, Blackberry, DDoS. Cybercrime: Irony, Trends: HolesWarm. Phishing costs, QR malware, Nation States. Crime. Other Risks: Edge, IoT, Trolley problem, Windows 11, facial recognition. China, stunting. Health, Safety & Environment: Zombies, Haiti, EV fires, space junk, Whalesafe, Batteries. Covid-19: Spread, Curves, Waves, and Variants; Response; Immunity; Covid Ugly; And more.

PCI Compliance and Payments

News and announcements relating to Payment Security, PCI, Card Brands, Payments, Payment Malware and Fraud, and Payment Related Compliance.

Covering breaches, leaks, data exposures, ransomware (as potential breach), and their fallout.


Articles about privacy related news, risks, and trends.

Laws, Regulations, Platforms, Standards, and Public Policy

News about laws, regulations, platform rules, 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.