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This Week’s [in]Security – Issue 160

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Welcome to This Week’s [in]Security. Trending: Coronavirus update. The spread, the curve, and aftermath. Guidance, Response and Recovery. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Peaking? Food processing crisis. Disinfectants. Antibody tests. Ingenuity and invention. Testing at scale. Payments and CPEs under lockdown. More PCI FAQ updates. Payment breaches at Paay and $2M in card details for sale. Breaches: Facebook (267M), Nintendo, gene lab, Vianet, WHO, Gates foundation, King Crimson distributor, CISI, Danish Agro. Privacy telehealth and contact tracing. Wi-Fi 6E. CFAA in Supreme Court. DoH-eh! Suing China. Scam defense. Disinformation and FB unfriends pseudoscience. Verified Advertisers. Windows broke Chrome. Vulnerabilities: iPhone email zero-day, OpenSSL, FGPAs, AV as weapon, Foxit & Phantom PDF, Bluetooth, and IBM flubs response. Zoom fixes. Wuhan hacked. Fraud and crisis. Cutting scientific corners. Negative oil. Meteorite death. Bulletproof breast? 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

Coronavirus updates. We recently change the way we report COVID articles to you so it is less overwhelming. Many COVID articles will appear within our normal blog section headings each with a sub-group dedicated to COVID-19. For example:

  • Facts about its spread, direct impact, and how people react will continue under Trending.
  • Regulations and restrictions to counter the virus will be under Regulations.
  • Privacy Implications, PCI/Payments, Cybercrime under their respective sections
  • Treatments, Vaccines, Innovations, Coping methods under Defense
  • Information on how/why it spreads, improvements understanding it, etc. under Vulnerabilities
  • Economic impact and articles that don't fit into the other categories will be under Other Risk.
  • Breaches (and Ransomware) under Breaches.

Our first regular reports on coronavirus can be found at And our first use of the trending topic section can be found

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.

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