This Week's [in]Security - Issue 239

Posted on 31 Oct 2021.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. PCI and payments: PAX/WorldPay/FBI investigation, PCI updates, Mobile Wallets. Digital & Crypto. New breaches: Hotels, Locations, emails, Portpass, NRA. New Ransomware: Free Decryptors, key reuse, A/D, Conti, BlackMatter, SEO poisoning, REvil, TTC, Blue Shield. Major outages, Follow-ups & Fall-out. Privacy: smartglasses. Laws & Regs - Canada, US: Cell phone locations, Cybersecurity disclosures, Right to repair, Ransomware payoffs, National Security bans, Social Media hearings. World: Proton Mail, GDPR evasion, EU DSA, Online Harms. Standards: NSA/CISA 5G & Cloud. Security baseline. NVD API, NIST Supply Chains, Trusted cloud, Defense: Digital life, Attack Surface, Teams, SolarWinds, Twitter MFA, AWS. Vulnerabilities, Zerodays: Windows LPE, Chrome. Shrootless, Other Vulnerabilities: Hardware, Apache, Apple, Wordpress, XP's still around, Fuji, WinRaR, Trojan Source, War-driving. Cybercrime: Trends: NPM, Nation States. Crime. Other Risks: 2022, economy, Meta7FB, time. Health, Safety & Environment. Covid-19: Spread, Curves, Waves, and Variants; Response; 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.