This Week's [in]Security - Issue 235

Posted on 03 Oct 2021.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. PCI and payments: Remote Assessment, PA-DSS/SSF transition. CPE Maintenance, P2PE v3.1, PIN Program, Technical FAQ, DSS FAQ, Neiman Marcus card breach, ApplePay/Visa Express Travel vulnerability. New breaches: Meet the Pandora Papers (Remember the Panama Papers?) , Linkedin Scrape (126M), Barclays, Portpass & Sask QR vaccine apps, GrupoGSS. Mult-party breach impact, New Ransomware: Human-operated ransomware. Follow-ups & Fall-out: Fatal ransomware, Clubhouse, Facebook data collection (3.8B), Dallas Police, Epik. Privacy: android location tracking, pandemic privacy. Laws & Regs: Canada: vaccine passports. US: 4th amendment. World: Russia. Standards: NIST updates, drafts, papers, news. Defense: Webinars, Webinars. CISA. Tools, email, DMARC, TLS 1.3, Tokenization vs. Encryption, Tracking crypto, scambaiting. Vulnerabilities, Zerodays: Other Vulnerabilities: 5G apps, after patching, OWASP 2021, AirTags, Azure, MS MFA, Elastic Stack API, Autodiscover, vCenter. University Wi-Fi, Bitcoin ATMs, Cybercrime: Trends: OTP bots, Fake Pegasus defence, GriftHorse SMS fraud, FinSpy, FoggyWeb. Nation States. Crime: Other Risks: Domain Names, Outsourced, Misinformation, Lying AI, Bulletproof TLS, Health, Safety & Environment. Covid-19: Spread, Curves, Waves, and Variants; Response; Treatments; Immunity; Impact; 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.

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.