Weekly update

A 305-post collection

Weekly Update 306

I didn't intend for a bunch of this week's vid to be COVID related, but between the breach of an anti-vaxxer website and the (unrelated) social comments directed at our state premier following some pretty simple advice, well, it just kinda turned out that way. But there's more on other breaches too, in particular the alleged Paytm one and the actual Customer.io one. I'm really looking forward to next week's update, here's a little teaser of what you can expect to hear about then 🤣 ReferencesI've updated the Paytm data breach to be flagged as "fabricated" (full thread on the reasons why, it's a tricky one)Anti-vax dating site that let people advertise ‘mRNA FREE’ semen left all its user...

Weekly Update 305

I broke Yoda's stick! 3D printing woes, and somehow I managed to get through the explanation without reverting to a chorus of My Stick by a Bad Lip Reading (and now you'd got that song stuck in your head). Loads of data breaches this week and whilst "legacy", still managed to demonstrate how bad some practices remain today (hi Shadi.com 👋). Never a dull moment in data breach land, more from there next week 😊 ReferencesThe Yoda 3D print looks amazing (just don't touch his stick)New flash - social media platform collects lots of data! (seriously, the TicTok hyperbole got a bit too much this week)What if... some free stuff is actually free? (you're not always "the product" and...

Weekly Update 304

It's very much a last-minute agenda this week as I catch up on the inevitable post-travel backlog and pretty much just pick stuff from my tweet timeline over the week 😊 But hey, there's some good stuff in there and I still managed to knock out almost an hour worth of content! ReferencesLa Poste Mobile got themselves ransom'd and their data dumped (and they're still offline)Mangatoon are very clearly covering up their breach (which is now hard to do given it's in HIBP and received plenty of press)The "Seconds" app is my secret presenting sauce! (any workout app that can run a sequence of timed intervals will do it)I'm totally loving Apple's AirTags to track all my things!...

Weekly Update 303

And we're finally done with this trip. 26 days, 14 different accommodations, 5,146km of driving through 4 states and the last 4 weekly vids all done on the road. Travel is great, but right now going home is even better 😊 Next week's vid will be back in my comfy office with good lighting, video, audio and better planning. Until then, here's a (late) weekly update 303: ReferencesIf you're going to scrape someone else's content, don't embed the images directly off their site! (referrer header based Rickrolls 😎)The Shanghai police data breach is massive... (if it turns out to be legitimate)SHA-1 is fine and k-anonymity isn't PII (and frankly, if an organisation doesn't understand these simple facts, they've got...

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...