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This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 151

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Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. Trending: Coronavirus updates. PCI Updates: Large Organizations Guidance, Mandatory FAQs, QSA qualifications. European Cybersecurity Center. Crypto-Credit Card. Breaches: MGM (10M), Tetrad (120M), Japanese Defense, US DISA, Canadian Government, Quebec, and 9 more. Gas Pipeline ransomware. Unencrypted laptops. Citrix fallout. Insider risk. Google sued over student data. Ring Door Bells Privacy and Law Enforcement. Law Enforcement and facial recognition. FitBit sale. Policy vs Technology essay. UK privacy protections under Google. Nexus Passes up in Smoke. Wells Fargo $3B fine. Huawei ban upheld. Rethinking IoT. Passphrases. Phishing. Oversharing tool. Election Security. Vulnerabilities 22K in 2019, Cisco, AWS, PHP, Medical devices and satellites. Trojans in Neural Nets. 55M credentials stuffed. Extortion by Google ban. VPN hacks. Assange extradition case. Tainted Wallets and crypto karma. Cybersecurity vacancies. Tech waste. Auditor oversight. RSA sale. 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

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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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