Weekly update

A 301-post collection

Weekly Update 302

In a complete departure from the norm, this week's video is the much-requested "cultural differences" one with Charlotte. No tech (other than my occasional plug for the virtues of JavaScript), but lots of experiences from both of us living and working in different parts of the world. Most of it is what Charlotte has learned being thrown into the deep end of Aussieness (without the option of even getting out of the country until very recently), which I thought made for some pretty funny viewing 🤣 We almost got through the entire content I had planned... then my phone went into battery saving mode and killed the mic so apologies for that last little bit of missing content. But hey, it...

Weekly Update 301

First up, I'm really sorry about the audio quality on this one. It's the exact same setup I used last week (and carefully tested first) but it's obviously just super sensitive to the wind. If you look at the trees in the background you can see they're barely moving, but inevitably that was enough to really mess with the audio quality. I do actually have a windsock for the mic, but it's in a drawer at home so for the remainder of this trip it'll be indoor recording only. Speaking of which, because there was a lot of enthusiasm for Charlotte and I to do one together on the cultural differences we've both experienced living in different parts of the...

Weekly Update 300

Well, we're about 2,000km down on this trip and are finally in Melbourne, which was kinda the point of the drive in the first place (things just escalated after that). The whole journey is going into a long tweet thread you can find below (or mute - that's partly why it's in a single thread): It’s time for the next great road trip 🏎 pic.twitter.com/9B9k9cXQvH — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) June 14, 2022 Next week is NDC Melbourne so please get along to the event if you're in town, it's kinda amazing to think I'll finally be back at an NDC after all this time 😊 ReferencesWe're on another epic road trip (that's the tweet thread, I'll keep...

Weekly Update 299

How on earth does an enterprise rack-mounted NAS not come with rails to actually install it in the rack?! So yeah, that's what's in the box, something that should have been in the original box and not in a separate purchase. Just to add to the Synology packaging insanity, I went to install a couple of spare NVMe drives in it today and... there were no screws in the NVMe slots 🤦‍ I'll be doing the next four weekly updates from various locations around the country as we hit the road again, stay tuned for epic tweet threads of amazing locations 😎 ReferencesThe MyElectronics.nl Raspberry Pi racks are really sweet (the rack is looking pretty slick now!)Apple Watch fall detection...

Weekly Update 298

I somehow ended up blasting through an hour and a quarter in this week's video with loads of discussion on the CTARS / NDIS data breach then a real time "let's see what the fuss is about" with news that one of our state's digital driver's licenses (DDL) may be easily forgeable. I think the whole discussion is actually really interesting when looked at through the lens of how on balance, a digitised license compares to a physical one. As you'll see, I think the reporting on this is overblown however... the weak encryption keys do seem like an oversight and the response of Service NSW to criticism has been lacklustre at best. Let's see how it goes in other states,...

Weekly Update 297

So I basically spent my whole day yesterday playing with Ubiquiti gear and live-tweeting the experience 😊 This was an unapologetically geeky pleasure and it pretty much dominates this week's video but hey, it's a fun topic. Still, there's a bunch of data breach stuff up front and as I write this, 25M more records courtesy of the MGM breach are making their way up into HIBP. Get ready for a bunch of notification emails going out on that one. Here's this week's video: ReferencesFinally worked out how to handle the MGM breach (it's loading now as a new breach to ensure HIBP subscribers are appropriately notified)The Ubiquiti G4 PTZ is a mighty looking camera! (it'll take a professional to...

Weekly Update 296

Data breaches, 3D printing and passwords - just the usual variety of things this week. More specifically, that really cool Pwned Passwords downloader that I know a bunch of people have been waiting on, and now we've finally released. It hits the existing k-anonymity API over 1 million times and that API is already going on 2 billion requests a month so I'm kinda curious to see what happens if everyone starts running the downloader at the same time... 🤔 ReferencesThis is a much better guide to what causes a 3D printer hot end to leak out the top of the heat block (the image there makes easy to understand)Since I broke the heater cartridge anyway, a Revo 6 should...

Weekly Update 295

A short one this week as the previous 7 days disappeared with AusCERT and other commitments. Geez it was nice to not only be back at an event, but out there socialising and attending all the related things that tend to go along with it. I'll leave you with this tweet which was a bit of a highlight for me, having Ari alongside me at the event and watching his enthusiasm being part of the industry I love 😊 At #AusCERT with Ari for “take your son to work” day 🙂 I’m up next on stream 2 at 14:45 talking about Pwned Passwords, the FBI, the NCA and giving the whole thing over to the community, come say hi! https:...

Weekly Update 294

It's back to business as usual with more data breaches, more poor handling of them and more IoT pain. I think on all those fronts there's a part of me that just likes the challenge and the opportunity to fix a broken thing. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for punishment, I don't know, but either way it's kept me entertained and given me plenty of new material for this week's video 😊 ReferencesThe book is almost ready to launch! (I've totally rewritten the intro, tweaked a bunch of the stories and added more - hopefully only a month off go-live)My fallback position for the IoT not working is literally climbing over the wall (I'm going to solve - and...

Weekly Update 293

Didn't get a lot done this week, unless you count scuba diving, snorkelling, spear fishing and laying around on tropical sand cays 😎 This week is predominantly about the time we just spent up on the Great Barrier Reef which has very little relevance to infosec, IoT, 3D printing and the other usual topics. But as I refer to in the guitar lessons blog post referenced below, I share what I do pretty transparently and organically and this week, that's what I want to talk about. So, either enjoy it or skip it until next week when I'll back to business as usual 😊 ReferencesI followed Lars' guidance and installed the physical mailbox sensor (so far, I'm unhappy with it, more next...