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This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 150

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Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. Trending: Huawei and Crypto AG, Coronavirus, and Election insecurity. Breaches: 2 mega breaches - 440M+ records, , 9 smaller breaches, and plastic surgery photos, 15B records breached in 2019, China breached Equifax. More ransomware Evolution, Avast and Facebook Investigations. Bad Chrome, Police AI and facial recognition. US Data Protection, UK Content regulation, CCPA changes, Robocall revenge app, Signal, Fighting disinformation, Protecting data lakes, How not to get hacked, Upcoming conferences. Chinese IoT firmware backdoor, Shadow IT, Patch Tuesday problems, Rapid rise in Mac malware, Hacking fallout, CRA Scammer arrest, FBI cyber-crime warnings, The journalism attack-surface, Looking back on predictions for 2020, Healthcare cyber-insecurity. AI hilarity. 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.

New - Emerging Issues and Trending Stories

This special section is dedicated to emerging issues and trending stories that cross multiple of our regular news categories.

PCI Compliance and Payments

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

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 / 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.

PCI Compliance & Why You Need to be Compliant

Getting paid is just as important as PCI compliance. Businesses of all sizes rely on cash flow to effectively manage business operations. To ensure...

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Why POI Tamper Inspections are so Important

It is amazing to see how many organizations take things for granted in their environment. In the video below, you can see a skimmer device installed...

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This Week's [in]Security - Issue 266

Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. PCI and payments: Skimmers. Payments: New breaches: Anonymous, DeFi, Ikea. New Ransomware, Major outages,...

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