This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 96

Posted on 28 Jan 2019.

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. This week: PCI Qualified PIN Assessor (QPA) program, FAQ updates, ElasticSearch db leaks 24M mortgage records and 70K shopliffters, Google gets $57M GDPR fine, multiple GDPR investigations, phishing quiz, widespread DNS hijacking, challenges and case law about the right to be forgotten, accessibility and the law affects apps, Breach law updates, trademark fights, law enforcement tech, Russian email trove, reply-all-avalanches, and more.

Now here's this week’s selection of news, opinions, and research. Quickly skim annotated links organized by topic: compliance and payment security, breaches, regulation, bugs, privacy, hacking/malware, other security & risk, and more. We hope you enjoy and find them useful.

PCI Compliance and Payments

News and announcements relating to Payment Security, Payments, PCI, and Card Brands.

Breaches / Leaks

Covering breaches, leaks, data exposures, and their fallout.


Articles about privacy related news, risks, and trends.

Laws & Regulations / Standards

News about laws, regulations, 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 and events.

Other Security / Risk

Articles covering other types of risks.

Off-Topic / Science & Tech / Lighter Side

A variety of scientific, technical, historical, and more light-hearted news.