Weekly update

A 156-post collection

Weekly Update 156

Turns out it's actually a sunny day in Oslo today, although it's the last one I'll see here for quite some time before heading off to Denmark then other European things for the remainder of this trip. I'm talking a little about those events (all listed on my events page), this week's changes to EV, more data breaches and a somewhat semantic argument about the definition of "theft". ReferencesEntrust are convinced you should still pay them for EV certs (even though the primary value proposition they're still promoting is now gone...)Scott killed a million bucks worth of EV certs (it turns out that extended validation isn't always so... extended)The Void.to hacking forum got breached and is now...

Weekly Update 155

From the emerging spring to the impending autumn, I'm back in Oslo at the beginning of another series of European events that'll take me across Norway, Denmark, Hungary and Switzerland. This week's update comes from under the glow of a warm outdoor heater at ridiculous o'clock as my sleep cycle keeps me making early starts. But it's all transient and by this time next month I'll be back to a very warm, very familiar Aussie landscape. For now, here's what's new on my side: ReferencesThere's 419M Facebook users' phone numbers floating around (looks like abuse of a now deprecated feature and no, it's not going into HIBP)Chrome 77 is about to hit and finally kill off EV for good...

Weekly Update 154

How's that for a setting in this week's video? 🌴 First day of spring here which aligned with a father's day on the water: May all your father’s days be full of fun and laughter 😎 pic.twitter.com/pN1dQ38cDr — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) September 1, 2019 Back on business as usual, there's the SIM hijacking issue with Jack Dorsey's Twitter account, more data breaches and joyously, the HIBP API being back in full swing with the 500 subscription limit issue on Azure's APIM now being overcome. Next week's update will be from Oslo so a rather different scene, followed by some other cool places across Europe in the ensuing weeks. ReferencesI'm at NDC TechTown in Konsberg next week (closing keynote...

Weekly Update 153

Australia! Sunshine, good coffee and back in the water on the tail end of "winter". I'm pretty late doing this week's video as the time has disappeared rather quickly and I'm making the most of it before the next round of events. Be that as it may, there's a bunch of new stuff this week not least of which is the unexpected limit I hit with the Azure API Management consumption tier. I explain the problem in this video along with a bunch of other infosec related bits. I'll do another one from Aus later this week (if I can stick to schedule) and will try and find another nice little spot. Until then, enjoy: ReferencesI hit an unexpected limit...

Weekly Update 152

I made it out of Vegas! That was a rather intense 8 days and if I'm honest, returning to the relative tranquillity of Oslo has been lovely (not to mention the massive uptick in coffee quality). But just as the US to Europe jet lag passes, it's time to head back to Aus for a bit and go through the whole cycle again. And just on that, I've found that diet makes a hell of a difference in coping with this sort of thing: The number one most effective way I’ve found for coping with jet lag, stress, crazy work loads and general health is to focus on diet. It’s hard to control a lot of other environmental...

Weekly Update 151

Well that's Vegas done. 8 days of absolutely non-stop events that's now pretty much robbed me of my voice but hey, I got a flying cow! Scott and I both spent BSides, Black Hat and DEF CON doing "hallway con" or in other words, wandering around just meeting people. The personal engagement you get from these ad hoc meetups really can't be beat and I appreciate everyone who took the time to come over and say hi. Just a sample of our week is below: Approaching a week of @BSidesLV, @BlackHatEvents and @defcon. Three conferences, tens of thousands of people and 44C temps. This’ll be interesting... pic.twitter.com/049DzhpePF — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) August 5, 2019 The best...

Weekly Update 150

Vegas! I'm a bit late with this week's update but I thought I'd catch up with Scott Helme and do the video together. We're talking about the events in Vegas, the ongoing Project Svalbard process, some very screwy messaging about certificates from Sectigo and the Irish government coming on board HIBP. Next week we'll do another one from Vegas and talk about what the events of the week here were like. ReferencesSectigo made some pretty wild claims about EV certs (read the tweet thread by Scott)The subsequent rebuttals by David from Sectigo are worth reading (although they still don't justify the earlier claims IMHO)The Irish government is now using HIBP to monitor all their domains (they now join...

Weekly Update 149

What. A. Week. I've been in San Fran meeting with a whole bunch of potential purchasers for HIBP and it's been... intense. Daunting. Exciting. It's actually an amazing feeling to see my "little" project come to this where I'm sitting in a room with some of the most awesome tech companies whilst flanked by bankers in suits. I try and give a bit of insight into that in this week's video, keeping in mind of course that I'm a bit limited by how much detail I can go into right now. As the process unfolds I'll share more, but hopefully this will give you a little taste of what I'm going through at present. References Our password hashing has no...

Weekly Update 148

It's the last one from Norway before heading off to the US and diving into the deep end of the Project Svalbard pool followed by Black Hat and DEF CON in Vegas. That's off the back of the last week being focused on pushing out Pwned Passwords V5, loading several hundred million new records worth of new data breaches and finally launching something I've been very excited about for a long time now: auth on the HIBP API. I spend most of this week's update talking about that because it's such an important feature and I especially wanted to make it clear why there's now literally a financial price to pay for entry. All that and more in this week's...

Weekly Update 147

So "Plan A" was to publish Pwned Passwords V5 on Tuesday but a last-minute check showed control characters had snuck in due to the quality (or lack thereof) of the source data. Scratch that and go to "Plan B" which was to push them out today but a last-minute check showed that my "improved" export script had screwed up the encoding and every single hash was wrong. "Plan C" is now to push them out on the weekend with everything working correctly. Hopefully. If I don't screw anything up again... The constant challenge I've faced over the last few years is the massive amount of multi-tasking required to do all the things I'm presently doing. I touched on this in...