This Week's [in]Security - Issue 237

Posted on 17 Oct 2021.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. PCI and payments: Global Community Forum, Technical FAQs, ATM skimmers. New breaches: Brazil's Hariexpress, Missouri Teachers, Verizon/Visible, Student SSNs from 1957, Acer, Thingiverse & 3D Printers, Playbook, Accenture. New Ransomware: Payouts surge, Water plants, Olympus, Banks. Analysis. Major outages: MS DDoS, Snapchat. Follow-ups & Fall-out: Privacy: Client-side scanning backdoors, Facebook AI, Android, Gaggle, 7-11, Real faces. Laws & Regs - Canada, US: Border warrants, TSA cyber regs, Whistleblowers, Fake reviews, Responsible disclosure, lawsuits, World: privacy, anti-ransomware, domain registration, biometrics, DDoS. Standards: IETF & Cloudflare. Defense: credentials revoked, tools, techniques, products, zero-trust. Vulnerabilities, Zerodays: iOS, Windows. Other Vulnerabilities: infrastructure, certificates, WordPress, Open/Libre Office, IPTV Rickroll, NFT, password research. Cybercrime: Trends: Stealing OTP, Aircraft maintenance, HTTP probes, Ad injector, Nation States. Crime. Other Risks: critical thinking, plain speech, complexity. more FB AI failure, great resignation, crypto. Health, Safety & Environment. Covid-19: Spread, Curves, Waves, and Variants; Response; 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.