This Week's [in]Security - Issue 244

05 Dec 2021.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. PCI and payments: Participating brands FAQ, and 8 updates. Magecart/skimmers, Brazil, Square. New breaches: Panasonic, Planned Parenthood. New Ransomware: Critical Infrastructure, Rideau Hall. Major outages, Follow-ups & Fall-out: Gravatar HIPB. Privacy: De-anonymization. Laws & Regs - Canada: health data, Huawei. US: FBI access, TSA, SEC, Biometrics. World: Product Security, Algorithm Transparency. Standards: NIST IoT, CISA mobile. Defense: Spam calls, AI understanding, Facial fuzz, attack maps, DRP, Old tech, Faraday cages. Vulnerabilities, Zerodays: Windows. Other Vulnerabilities: Printers, Routers, NSS Crypto, XS-Leaks, Passwords, zoom, Azure Sphere, Cloud Honeypot, CISA Hitachi & Zoho, Verizon. Cryptography HKDFs, PQC signatures & performance, Quantum Computing. Cybercrime: Trends, NABs, Trojans, AT&T, WRITE, Excel Addins. Nation States: diplomats, air-gaps, fake recruiters. Crime & Enforcement. Other Risks: Cyber-insurance exclusions, long game, China, misinformation, Meta/FB, amplification, shopping bots, Edge, Food, Hype? Health, Safety & Environment. Covid-19: Spread, Curves, Waves, and Variants; Response; Immunity; Learned; 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.