This Week's [in]Security - Issue 231

Posted on 05 Sep 2021.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. PCI: 8-digit BINS, Back-to-basics, Controlling Scope, POS breach. New breaches, New Ransomware: food, agriculture, hospitals, holidays, bandwidth, partial encryption. Follow-ups & Fall-out: Bangkok Air, solarwinds, Dallas Police, Juniper. Privacy: Apple photo-scanning, DNA Collection, Tattleware, Browsers. Bluetooth headphones. Laws & Regs: Canada: Covid class actions. US: Software Copyright, AI Inventors, Clearview. CMA Reform, WhatsApp fine, Apple Store, China's kids. Standards: NIST Telehealth, integrity. Defense: People, VPN audit, Downloads, APK Downloader. Vulnerabilities: CISA warns of 1FA, BrakTooth, AS-REP Roasting, Cisco, OpenSSL, STARTTLS, Trains, GitHub Copilot, NPM pac-resolver, WordPress, QNAP, WhatsApp photos. Fortress Home Security, Linphone, Vaccine Passports, Quantum Crypto & Key generation. Canonicalization Attacks. Cybercrime: Trends: Nation States. Crime: Off-boarding? Gift-cards, Banksy, Other Risks: Gut Instinct, digital advocate, Cryptographic voting, Windows 11, War-surplus. Misinformation, Health, Safety & Environment: Ida, Virgin Galactic, PHAs. Covid-19: Spread, Curves, Waves, and Variants; Response; Treatments; Immunity; Covid Compliance. 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.

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, 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.