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Weekly update

A 19-post collection

Weekly update 18 (McLaren edition)

How's this for a spot to be?! This week I'm at the McLaren factory in Woking just outside London courtesy of a kind invite from a friendly Twitter follower. On Sunday, I was shown around some great spots in London by another one and as I've said before, I've only ever had good things come from meeting people "in real life" that I've interacted with online. Highly recommended! Not a lot to talk about in terms of new content I've written, but I give a rundown on the NDC conference, the new Pluralsight course I'm creating and the significant changes the industry is seeing with the rapid adoption of HTTPS. I also touch on the privacy issues of using luggage...

Weekly update 17 (veranda edition)

This is a somewhat shorter, very tired version of my weekly update. As I say in the video, preparing for the NDC conference in London next week has been extremely taxing with two new talks and a bunch of other activities to organise. I didn't mention it in the vid, but I was also going until the early hours of yesterday morning recording a new Pluralsight course which I'll then be editing while I travel. I didn't realise how tired I look until I edited the clip so I'm going to do my best to use my last day at home to take it easy and soak up some sun. The next update will be from London with a bunch...

Weekly update 16

It's a new year! Which means looking back at the old year and while I'm there, also looking back at how much we didn't know we didn't know. This week I also permanently nuked all remaining remnants of the ad network given the success of the sponsorship model and that has made me very happy. What I didn't mention in the weekly update is that I've had over 70k visitors to this blog over the last 24 hours largely on the basis of that post. It got a lot of traction on Hacker News which obviously helps (but wow, some of those comments...), but it's interesting how much of a hot topic ads always tend to me. iTunes podcast | Google...

Weekly update 15 (poolside edition)

Last one of the year! And yes, it's summer, it's hot and I'm doing it by the pool. However, as I say in the intro, it's only a fortnight until I'll be back in London which is about as far away as you get in every sense. On a more serious note and harking back to my post on how much effort goes into an international speaking trip, this is well and truly the calm before the storm and things are about to get very, very hard for the better part of a month. But for now, I'm doing my best to enjoy time with family as I hope most of you are at this time of year. Here's the...

Weekly update 14

Almost done for the year and I've gone beach-style, if not in location then at least in attire. Xmas in Australia is all about the outdoors, the water and usually generous helpings of cold prawns so a little bit different to many places. But like everywhere else, the cyber things keep happening and there were a bunch of things on the agenda this week ranging from EV certs (largely a physiological discussion IMHO), to the Ethereum forum hack (or more specifically, how well they handled it) to how websites - any website - has something really valuable to attackers: reputation. Thanks for the continued viewership and listenership folks, I hope everyone is getting some good Xmas downtime. iTunes podcast | Google...

Weekly update 13

This week begins with the biggest of big breaches - the one that finally broke the big "B" - Yahoo (version 2). It's a massive story and I spent a lot of time yesterday answering media queries about hacker things related to data breaches. I talk about that at the start of this weekly update as well pursuing a career in security, providing an internet basics course for free via Varonis and how my blog on Ubiquiti network bits is still getting massive traction. iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References The crazy, massive, huge Yahoo breach (there's a heap of angles to this, short interview with me there, longer set of thoughts in the weekly update video)...

Weekly update 12

This was a pretty jam-packed week which kicked off with the crazy, crazy Indian pathology data leak. You'll sense my frustration with the whole thing and frankly, I still can't quite get over it. Be that as it may, stuff like this provides us with endless material that speaks to how badly wrong it can all go with any data that gets digitised. There's that and a bunch of HIBP bits in relation to the AMA I did earlier this week and the 1.4 billion records I made available for analysis. All that and more this week! iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References Pathology data spilled all over the place in India (down syndrome tests, HIV...

Weekly update 11

A bit of a quieter week this time blog wise, but a very busy week in terms of HIBP traffic. It went pretty nuts on Tuesday with a spike the scale I'd never seen before which made things, well, "interesting". I also put the word out about an "ask me anything" live stream event I'm going to do early next week which should be a lot of fun. Oh - and the Indian pathology results exposed to the world - that's unfolding as I write this but the position from the lab exposing things like patient HIV results to the world right now is "we'll get around to it in Jan". The latest is that BuzzFeed has just written about...

Weekly update 10

This has been a mega week with a couple of pretty contentious blog posts which frankly, are the best kind! It gets so boring when everyone just nods and agrees... But seriously, the one on ad blockers in particular shows just what a mess we've gotten ourselves into and the "ban all the ads (or anything that has even a sniff of an ad)" proponents are a big part of the problem. I talk about it in detail in the video though so here it is, along with all the podcasts too: iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast (And yes, that's a mic bottom left of frame, I recorded with my good boom mic this time and totally...

Weekly update 9

Lots on this week and I'm very happy to have finally got myself organised and set up an audio podcast feed. It's getting a heap of downloads already so obviously, people did actually want it and frankly, I'm sorry I didn't get it organised earlier! That and much more in this week's update iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast Get these weekly updates as a podcast! (it's been requested since day 1 and I finally got around to doing it) Niall and I did a Pluralsight course on Exploring the Internet of Vulnerabilities (this is the one that should make people scared to go online...) Disqus screwed up and served mixed content so I fixed it with a...