Weekly update

A 198-post collection

Weekly Update 189

Last week, I got the vid out a day late and by early afternoon today it looked like I was heading the same way. So, for the first time I ended up just live streaming it direct to YouTube. I actually quite liked the interaction, although I picked the quietest time in the day with most of the world asleep and obviously the audio quality wasn't the same as sitting in my office but still, not a bad end result I reckon. I decided to sit outside on the boat as in just a few hours from now, our restrictions here will begin lifting and we'll actually be able to head out on it for leisure again. I talk a...

Weekly Update 188

It's a day late because somehow, even in the current climate, I still find myself with a lot on my plate and the 2am getup yesterday morning didn't leave me much like talking by the usual time I'd record this video came around. Regardless, I haven't missed a week yet and I wasn't going to start today! No great single stories of significance this week but I thought I'd share some insights into how life is gradually returning to a new kind of normal here. We've fared exceptionally well in Australia and I'm conscious many people watching this are in very different situations, this is merely my experience and what my daily life looks like at present. ReferencesThe COVID19 Australia...

Weekly Update 187

Spiders! Ok, not your normal start to a weekly update but yeah, we had a bit of an infestation this week which did take the mind of other current events for a while. Much of what's happened beyond that this week has resulted in various tweet storms; the Zoom credential stuffing situation, the Coronavirus tracking app (holy cow that has some "robust" debate around it) and the (seemingly endless) thread of progress as I build up my Ubiquiti network. All that and more in the vid below ? ReferencesIf you don't like spiders then don't click this link (wonder how many of them are still crawling around in the air conditioning unit...)No, there isn't a "Zoom data breach" and yes,...

Weekly Update 186

Somehow this week's update ended up being 55 minutes, largely because of playing with a bunch of the new network gear and unboxing a pretty snazzy looking rack from 4Cabling. I get through with that then sit by the pool for the rest of this week's update. (And yes, I shaved!) Incidentally, there's some audio clipping occurring after I sit by the pool. I've tweaked the levels a bit at that point to try and compensate, still not quite sure what happened but hopefully it's not too bad. ReferencesWe built a Nerf Gun wall! (this was just super good fun, it's now all hooked up to Alexa too)Pwned Passwords is getting bigger and bigger (more than half a billion...

Weekly Update 185

I actually lost track of what week it was at the start of this video. Did I do the Aussie workshops last week? Or the week before? I know I was at home so... it's just all becoming a blur. But be that as it may, life marches on and this week like every other one before it was full of interesting cyber-things. I find the situation with Zoom in particular quite fascinating, particularly the willingness - even eagerness - that so many seem to have to throw the very tool that's bringing so many people together in a time of need under the security and privacy bus. More on that and a bunch of other things in this week's...

Weekly Update 184

This has been an absolutely flat-out week between running almost 3 hours of our free Cyber-Broken talk with Scott Helme, doing an hour of code with Ari each day (and helping get up to speed with remote schooling) then running our Hack Yourself First workshop on Aussie time zones the last couple of days. But, especially given the current circumstances, I'm pretty happy with the result ? This week's update covers those events plus the onboarding of the USA government onto HIBP, an announcement I was very happy to make this week! Oh - and about the green screen - I don't know whether I'll stick with this for future weekly updates or not, I'm just enjoying the novelty factor for...

Weekly Update 183

Geez, where do I even begin? I honestly wasn't sure, then I could hear the kids playing in the background whilst I was setting up and per the video thought "yeah, stuff it, I'll leave that in" because as messed up as a bunch of stuff is, life goes on. And that's where I really wanted to start this week - what life looks like today. As I say in the video, it's paradoxical because it's all (mostly) very normal here, but it's painful to watch what's happening to friends around the world. It's also painful to watch what's happening to many friends here because although we're not (yet) in the same position as many other countries, businesses are suffering...

Weekly Update 182

Geez, where do you even begin given how the world has turned just in the last week? I spend a good quarter hour at the start of this video talking about what I'll be doing, namely getting on with business and running a bunch of public workshops remotely in conjunction with Scott Helme. I felt genuinely excited talking about this; they'll be less than half the price of in-person events, no travel, no accommodation costs and we've both run a heap of these remotely in the past too so this is a pretty well-known process for us. We're also working on a bunch of ideas to make sure we don't lose "the hallway track" and the human interaction that makes...

Weekly Update 181

This is the big one. It's all HIBP and Project Svalbard top to bottom this week and I've chosen to exclude everything else in its favour. This is just such an essential part of not just the HIBP narrative, but indeed the narrative of my career and what gets me up each day. So here it is, the video insights version to the announcement post from a few days ago. Here's the 11-month journey to HIBP remaining independent: ReferencesHave I Been Pwned is remaining independent (this is the project Svalbard wrap-up)Duo Security. The Essential Guide to Securing Remote Access. Download the to explore how to ensure user, device and application trust....

Weekly Update 180

If last week was the week where I felt like I was drowning in data that was still being processed, this week was the week where it came to light. Not all of it, mind you, I've still got ginormous volumes I'm disclosing but it certainly was a whole heap of it. There are some real zingers in there too in terms of how the breaches went down and were handled, have a listen to that and more in this week's update (oh - and hear how happy I am about the way HIBP handled this week's massive traffic spike ?). ReferencesThe Slickwraps breach got really messy (who ever knew the world of consumer device wraps was so brutal!)Straffic takes...