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Hi, I'm Troy Hunt, I write this blog, create courses for Pluralsight and am a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP who travels the world speaking at events and training technology professionals

Weekly Update 100

Made it to 100! And by pure coincidence, it aligned with the week where I've tuned out more than I ever have since gaining my independence which means there's really not much to talk about. But I did want to share a little about the snow in Australia (turns out it's not all beaches) and some thoughts on gov initiatives in the news following my time with the Australia Cyber Security Centre in Canberra last week. But to do something a little more worthy of episode 100, I wanted to share a bit about where it is my time is spent today and indeed what I actually earn a living off. This was totally unscripted so I've probably missed things...

Weekly Update 99

It's a traveling weekly update this week as I round out a couple of workshops in Sydney and head to Canberra. That's thrown the normal video cadence out a bit with me recording on a Thursday night (hence the beer) and publishing on a Friday morning, but there's a heap of stuff in there regardless. This week, I'm talking about a couple of different data breaches and delve into the Adult-FanFiction one in particular. Just read that thread I link to in the references below, wow... But there's also a few new Pluralsight courses in "Play by Play" format which completes the publication cycle for everything I've recorded to date bar the next in the quarterly series of...

New Pluralsight Course: Modern Browser Security Reports

Rounding out a recent spate of new Pluralsight courses is one final one: Modern Browser Security Reports. This time, it's with Scott Helme who for most of my followers, needs no introduction. You may remember Scott from such previous projects as securityheaders.io, Report URI and, as it relates to this course, our collective cleaning up at a couple of recent UK awards nights: With @Scott_Helme (at a different awards night) learning we both just scored at the European Cyber Security Blogger Awards! pic.twitter.com/RbCoLsKTja— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) June 5, 2018 That particular awards night relates to this course because at that particular event, our little Report URI project won the SC Award for Best Emerging...

New Pluralsight Course: Defending Against JavaScript Keylogger Attacks on Payment Card Information

Only a few weeks ago, I wrote about a new GDPR course with John Elliott. We've been getting fantastic feedback on that course and I love the way John has been able to explain GDPR in a way that's actually practical and makes sense! In my experience, that's a bit of a rare talent in GDPR land... When we recorded that course in London a couple of months back, we also recorded another one on Defending Against JavaScript Keylogger Attacks on Payment Card Information. John has a background in payment systems and he's seen more than his fair share of attacks against them, particularly those which scrape card data straight out of the client side. As luck would have it...

New Pluralsight Course: Bug Bounties for Researchers

Earlier this year, I spent some time in San Fran with friend and Bugcrowd founder Casey Ellis where we recorded a Pluralsight "Play by Play" titled Bug Bounties for Companies. I wrote about that in the aforementioned post which went out in May and I mentioned back then that we'd also created a second course targeted directly at researchers. We had to pull together some additional material on that one but I'm please to now share the finished product with you: Bug Bounties for Researchers This course covers many of the issues folks considering getting involved in bug bounties often ask: How do they find bounties? How do they stay out of legal trouble? How successful can good...

Weekly Update 98

It's the coffee-machine weekly update! A slight change of scenery but other than that, it's business as usual. I'm going to keep this intro super-brief because it's very near beer o'clock and I have a very important task to go and take care of: BBQ time 😎 pic.twitter.com/yq5hXOGABt— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) August 3, 2018 References Fashion Nexus suffered a data breach ("Is there an official statement?" - "No") The 5 stages of data breach grief (companies can deny all they want, but if they've been breached, eventually they'll reach the acceptance phase) GitHub is now using Pwned Passwords (they've taken a local copy of the data and check your password at login) Even...

Why No HTTPS? Questions Answered, New Data, Path Forward

So that little project Scott Helme and I took on - WhyNoHTTPS.com - seems to have garnered quite a bit of attention. We had about 81k visitors drop by on the first day and for the most part, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Most people have said it's great to have the data surfaced publicly and they've used that list to put some pressure on sites to up their game. We're already seeing some sites on the Day 1 list go HTTPS (although frankly, if the site is that large and they've done it that quickly then I doubt it's because of our list), and really, that's the best possible outcome of this project - seeing websites drop...

Weekly Update 97

Alrighty, 2 big things to discuss today and I'll jump right into them here: Exactis: it's hard to know where to even start with this one and frankly, the more I think about the more frustrated I am that services like this even exist in the first place. But they do and it's worthwhile being aware of them so have a listen to the video this week and check out the links I've shared below. Why No HTTPS? This is Scott Helme's and my little project which turned out to be a much bigger project but one that was definitely worthwhile doing. We need to do some work on this to refine the results and get it all automating, but...

Why No HTTPS? Here's the World's Largest Websites Not Redirecting Insecure Requests to HTTPS

As of today, Google begins shipping Chrome 68 which flags all sites served over the HTTP scheme as being "not secure". This is because the connection is, well, not secure so it seems like a fairly reasonable thing to say! We've known this has been coming for a long time now both through observing the changes in the industry and Google specifically saying "this is coming". Yet somehow, we've arrived at today with a sizable chunk of the web still serving traffic insecurely: The majority of the Internet’s top 1M most popular sites will show up as “Not Secure” in @GoogleChrome starting July 24th. Make sure your site redirects to #HTTPS, so you don’t...

Weekly Update 96

This week I'm doing my best "dress like a professional" impersonation as I prepare to record the next episode in our quarterly Creating a Security-centric Culture series. We're putting these out for free every few months and right after wrapping up this week's update, I recorded the next Pluralsight one and that's now gone off to them for editing. This week, I'm still on HTTPS. I don't mean for this to become a repetitive topic (and I'm sure it'll die down after Chrome 68 hits next week), but this week got pretty crazy. The most unexpected outcome of those discussions was a real flat-earther chiming into the Twitter discussion after someone made the innocent mistake of using the...