This Week's [in]Security - Issue 238

Posted on 24 Oct 2021.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. PCI and payments: PCI & Ransomware, 3DS RFCs, PCI Halloween, AI shoulder surfing, Rapid Dispute, V-cards, UP Express. New breaches: Argentina!, CoinMarketCap, Durham police. New Ransomware: New Ransomware, Challenges, Revil (Strikeback), BlackMatter. Follow-ups & Fall-out. Privacy: ISPs, Alexa, Lunch Money. Laws & Regs - Canada, Online Harms. US: Export restrictions, Sanctions & Crypto, Notifications, Supplychains, Missouri, Facebook, World: GDPR bypass. Standards: NIST KDF, HTTPA. Defense: Detection, Blackhat, L0PHTcrack, Win11. Vulnerabilities, Zerodays: Apple. Other Vulnerabilities: Chrome, CVEs, MFA, Chinese hacking contest, Kerberos, DCOM, Gummy Browser attack, Tesla, Health Apps. Cybercrime: Trends: Fake pentest contracts, more fakes, Discord, Microsoft, Buggy malware, Obfuscation, NPM JavaScript, Youtube. Nation States. Crime: $35M deepfake heist, no honor among thieves, jail. Other Risks: IoT, third-parties, economic supply-chains, bias, Health, Safety & Environment. Covid-19: Spread, Curves, Waves, and Variants; Response; Treatments; Immunity; Covid Ugly; 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.