Welcoming the Icelandic Government to Have I Been Pwned

Hot on the heels of onboarding the USA government to Have I Been Pwned last month, I'm very happy to welcome another national government - Iceland! As of today, Iceland's National Computer Security Incident Response Team (CERT-IS), now has access to the full gamut of their gov domains for both on-demand querying and ongoing monitoring. As with the USA and Iceland, I expect to continue onboarding additional governments over the course of 2020 and expanding their access to meaningful data about breaches that impact their departments....

Weekly Update 186

Somehow this week's update ended up being 55 minutes, largely because of playing with a bunch of the new network gear and unboxing a pretty snazzy looking rack from 4Cabling. I get through with that then sit by the pool for the rest of this week's update. (And yes, I shaved!) Incidentally, there's some audio clipping occurring after I sit by the pool. I've tweaked the levels a bit at that point to try and compensate, still not quite sure what happened but hopefully it's not too bad. ReferencesWe built a Nerf Gun wall! (this was just super good fun, it's now all hooked up to Alexa too)Pwned Passwords is getting bigger and bigger (more than half a billion...

Let's Stop the 5G Hysteria: Understanding Hoaxes and Disinformation Campaigns

Hey, did you hear that Facebook are going to start using your personal photos in whatever way they see fit? For real, it's going to start tomorrow unless you act quickly! All you have to do is copy and paste this message onto your own Facebook page and wammo - they're not allowed to touch them! Ready? Here goes: "With this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents..." This sounds ridiculous. It is ridiculous yet somehow, otherwise smart people in my own social networks (and probably yours) lapped it up. Copying and pasting this message achieved absolutely nothing...

No, I Won't Link to Your Spammy Article

If you're reading this, chances are you've arrived here from a link I sent you via email. That email would have been a reply to one you originally sent to me that would have sounded something like this: Hi, I came across your blog on [thing] and I must admit, it was really nicely written. I also have an article on [thing] and I think it would be a great addition to your blog.No, no it wouldn't and there are all sorts of reasons why not. First among them is that if I was to add a link to your resource, I'd be legitimising the spam email you just sent me. Wait - you think It's not spam? Of...

Weekly Update 185

I actually lost track of what week it was at the start of this video. Did I do the Aussie workshops last week? Or the week before? I know I was at home so... it's just all becoming a blur. But be that as it may, life marches on and this week like every other one before it was full of interesting cyber-things. I find the situation with Zoom in particular quite fascinating, particularly the willingness - even eagerness - that so many seem to have to throw the very tool that's bringing so many people together in a time of need under the security and privacy bus. More on that and a bunch of other things in this week's...

Reassuring Words and Good Intentions Don't Mean Good Security

How much can you trust the assertions made by an organisation regarding their security posture? I don't mean to question whether the statements are truthful or not, but rather whether they provide any actual assurance whatsoever. For example, nearly 5 years ago now I wrote about how "we take security seriously" was a ridiculous statement to make immediately after a data breach. It seems that not much has changed since then: “At Comodo we take security very seriously and it is our highest priority.” A classic opening to an all too familiar announcement. Not a good day for any #CyberSecurity company.@comododesktop @troyhunt #InfoSec #DataBreach pic.twitter.com/JxGzS9evtT — Nigel Cox (@Harlekwin_UK) October 2, 2019 “We take security...

Weekly Update 184

This has been an absolutely flat-out week between running almost 3 hours of our free Cyber-Broken talk with Scott Helme, doing an hour of code with Ari each day (and helping get up to speed with remote schooling) then running our Hack Yourself First workshop on Aussie time zones the last couple of days. But, especially given the current circumstances, I'm pretty happy with the result ? This week's update covers those events plus the onboarding of the USA government onto HIBP, an announcement I was very happy to make this week! Oh - and about the green screen - I don't know whether I'll stick with this for future weekly updates or not, I'm just enjoying the novelty factor for...

Welcoming the USA Government to Have I Been Pwned

Over the last 2 years I've been gradually welcoming various governments from around the world onto Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) so that they can have full and unfettered access to the list of email addresses on their domains impacted by data breaches. Today, I'm very happy to announce the expansion of this initiative to include the USA government by way of their US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). CISA now has the ability to query US government domains via API and receive notifications when they're impacted in subsequent data breaches. Over the coming months I expect to continue expanding the scope of government support in HIBP. For now, it's a big welcome to the USA and I'm enormously...

Coding With Ari, for Kids at Home

Strange times, these. But equally, a time to focus on new things and indeed a time to pursue experiences we might not have done otherwise. As Ari now spends his days learning from home, I wanted to really start focusing more on his coding not just for his own benefit, but for all the other kids out there who are in the same home-bound predicament he now finds himself in. So, this week we're going to do an hour of coding each morning and live stream it via YouTube. We'll take questions during the sessions and if you have anything you'd really like to see us cover, leave a comment below and we'll do our best to roll it into...

Weekly Update 183

Geez, where do I even begin? I honestly wasn't sure, then I could hear the kids playing in the background whilst I was setting up and per the video thought "yeah, stuff it, I'll leave that in" because as messed up as a bunch of stuff is, life goes on. And that's where I really wanted to start this week - what life looks like today. As I say in the video, it's paradoxical because it's all (mostly) very normal here, but it's painful to watch what's happening to friends around the world. It's also painful to watch what's happening to many friends here because although we're not (yet) in the same position as many other countries, businesses are suffering...