Weekly update

A 246-post collection

Weekly Update 247

Lots of stuff going on this week, beginning with me losing my mind try to get local control of IoT devices. I'm writing up a much more extensive blog post on this, suffice to say it's a complete mess and all of the suggestions I've had have been well-intentioned, but infeasible for various reasons. But as I say in the video, it has all been worth it and I do get a lot of enjoyment from playing with it all 😊 That and many other cyber things in this week's update. ReferencesTrying to get local control of Tuya lights is an exercise in absolute futility (read the thread to feel my pain 😭)A scammer tried to use the W3C validator to...

Weekly Update 246

This week has been absolutely dominated by code contributions to Pwned Passwords. This is such an awesome, humbling experience that so many people have wanted to contribute their time to something that makes online life better for all of us. The challenge I have now is, as expected, managing the pull requests, reviewing code and ensuring the project heads in the right direction as support for ingesting the FBI -provided passwords is built out. I have an idea around that I'm working on at the moment and hope to be able to talk more about it soon. In the interim, keep the contributions coming and I look forward to seeing all this go out to production in the very near...

Weekly Update 245

This week is the culmination of planning that began all the way back in August last year when I announced the intention to start open sourcing the HIBP code base. Today, it's finally happened with Pwned Passwords now completely open to all. That's only been possible with the help of the .NET Foundation because as I've said many times now, this is new territory for me. And just to make things really interesting, we're all going to build some code for the FBI to feed passwords obtained in the process of their various investigations into HIBP. Cool 😎 ReferencesPwned Passwords, the .NET Foundation and the FBI (this is just awesome from top to bottom 😎)The IoT march forward continues, this time...

Weekly Update 244

For a week where I didn't think I had much to talk about, I was surprised by what I ended up with by the time I sat down to broadcast. Turns out there's always a lot to discuss, and that's before questions from the live audience as well. As I allude to at the end of this update, next week I'm going to have something really, really cool to announce that has been a long time in the works so keep an eye out for that one 😎 ReferencesGaps between screens in a multi-monitor setup really bugs me (looks like I'm going the velcro route)Traffic to the Coinhive domain is down 39% on the previous month (I'll keep updating stats...

Weekly Update 243

This one is a real short intro as right now, it hurts to type (copy and paste is earlier 😊): I’m Back at a *REAL* Conference; Dealing with RSI; Shellies and MQTT; My IoT Aircon Hack; Drowning in Data Breaches. ReferencesI've been at a real conference this week, with people and all! (that's a tweet with pics of the environment)I've also been dealing with some pretty unpleasant RSI (link to the blog post on my ergonomic setup, do invest early in this folks)My automated IoT aircon integration is complete! (yes, it's a little mechanical arm pushing a button but it works beautifully 😎)What you see on the HIBP timeline is only a tiny slice of the data breaches...

Weekly Update 242

A fairly hectic week this one, in a large part due to chasing down really flakey network issues that are causing devices (namely Shelly relays) to be inaccessible. I suspect it's ARP related and as of now, it's still not fully resolved. You know how much shit breaks in a connected house when devices become inaccessible? Lots. But hey, at least I've finally automated my aircon! ReferencesI've had a heap of issues with my Shellys on my Ubiquiti network (thought I had it fixed after recording this but now, not so much...)I joined the Phil DeFranco show this week (I really enjoyed this and apparently, heaps of other people did too)My aircon woes are almost over, courtesy of...

Weekly Update 241

What. A. Week. Heaps of data breaches, heaps of law enforcement and gov stuff and somehow, I still found time to put even more IP addresses into the house courtesy of even more IoT. I'm not sure if the latter gives me a break from the more professional tech stuff or just compounds the amount of stuff I've already got on my plate, but I'm having fun doing it anyway 😊 All that and more in this week's update. ReferencesHere's the thread on the ~250M US people data set (at 51.6% for the negative, this won't be going into HIBP)The FBI in conjunction with efforts from the Dutch NHTCU and German BKA grabbed a bunch of data from the...

Weekly Update 240

Lots of bit and pieces this week, most of which is self-explanatory based on the references below. One thing to add though is the outcome of the ClearVoice Surveys breach I live-tweeted during the stream: someone from there did indeed get in touch with me. We spoke on the phone, they confirmed the legitimacy of the breach and acknowledged they'd seen it posted to a hacking forum where it's now spreading broadly. They're working on their disclosure but as I said to them on the call, the fact it's now spread so broadly means I'm notifying my HIBP subscribers ASAP, which I've just done. 15M more record are now in there and based on the backlog I'm currently working through,...

Weekly Update 239

Geez I'm glad the Facebook stuff was the week before this one! With that (mostly) out of the way, we headed off to Thredbo for a couple of days of mountain biking, hitting trails I've only ever snowboarded down before (yes, we get snow in Australia). Back to normality (I think we can start calling it that now), Rob and I did our book editing session, the Facebook scraping incident (let's stop calling it a "data breach") continued to consume time and in a case of very fortuitous timing, they're copping a class action right after I wrote about my displeasure regarding data breach ambulance chasing. Good timing indeed, here why this is really bugging me in this week's video....

Weekly Update 238

"What a shit week". I stand by that statement in the opening couple of minutes of the video and I write this now at midday on Saturday after literally falling asleep on the couch. The Facebook incident just dominated; everything from processing data to writing code to dozens of media interviews. And I ran a workshop over 4 half days. And had 2 lots of guests visiting. And had to deal with all sorts of other unpleasant stuff outside of that. Damn that beer tasted good... ReferencesThe petition in front of UK parliament to require verified IDs on social media platforms has fallen flat (not unsurprising, and the response is actually quite nicely written IMHO)I've probably taken a little...