Well that was a hell of a week of travel. Seriously, the Denver situation was just an absolute mess but when looking at the video from the day I was meant to fly in, maybe being stuck in LA wasn't such a bad thing after all:
As of 1:30 p.m., all runways are closed, but the terminal & concourses are open. Airlines have cancelled flights for early afternoon/evening. Conditions on Peña Blvd. are poor; visibility is extremely low, conditions are icy. Consider the @RideRTD A Line when traveling to DEN. pic.twitter.com/AvGxVcZgeP
But despite the dramas I did still (just) make it and got to do my talk so as close as it was, I'm still yet to miss one. This week I'm talking about a bunch of different travel things, upcoming events, data breaches and those ridiculous bloody cookie warnings everyone hates so much. Next week I'll be in Seattle and will probably also be pushing the update out a little late, but I will still be pushing it out. Until then, here's the week that was:
Heaps of stuff going on this week with all sorts of different bits and pieces. I bought a massive new stash of HIBP stickers (1ok oughta last... a few weeks?), I'll be giving them out at a heap of upcoming events, I was on the Darknet Diaries podcast (which is epic!) plus there's more insights into the ShareThis data breach and the ginormous verifications.io incident. Oh - and Udemy is still pirating my content, here's the tweet if you'd like to let them know how you feel about that:
I'm not intentionally pushing these out later than usual, but events have just been such over the last few weeks that it's worked out that way. This one really is a short one though as there hasn't been a lot of newsworthy stuff going on this week, other than the new Instamics I picked up which are rather cool. The audio recording did work well (I mentioned in the video I wasn't sure if it was functioning correctly), and it's pretty damn good quality for what it is. Certainly better than my old Rhode lapel mic, but obviously not up to the standard of the Electro-Voice I use for professional recording.
Next week I expect I'll be a little more organised and have some more content but until then, here's a succinct 14 minutes worth of what's new on my side:
It was another travel week so another slightly delayed weekly update, but still plenty of stuff going on all the same. Along with a private Sydney workshop earlier on, I'm talking about some free upcoming NDC meetup events in Brisbane and Melbourne and I'd love to get a great turnout for. I've just ordered 10k more HIBP stickers to last me through upcoming events so they'll be coming with me.
In other news, there was old news appearing as new news about how hosed you are if your machine is compromised with the level of hosing extending to your password manager. This will inevitably be another one of these times where something gets blown out of proportion (and context) in some of the news headlines then we'll all go back to more sane discussions about assessing relative risks, likelihoods and impacts. There's also a very stead feed of breaches making their way into HIBP after appearing for sale on dark web marketplaces so I give a bit of an update on those as well.
All that and more this week in a slightly shorter form than usual, enjoy!
Another week, another conference. This time it was Microsoft Ignite in Sydney and as tends to happen at these events, many casual meetups, chats, beers, selfies, delivery of HIBP stickers and an all-round good time, albeit an exhausting one. That's why I'm a day late this week having finally arrived home late last night.
Moving on though, I've got a bunch of other events coming up particularly in conjunctions with the folks at NDC. Brisbane in a couple of weeks, Gold Coast in April then Minnesota in May. Oh - plus Oslo in June and stretching out beyond that, Sydney in October. The link in the references below about how conferences can help keep speakers happy (or piss them off, as it may be), explains why I keep doing these events. All that plus more data breach news and my thoughts on the subsequent lists of credential stuffing data.
I'm back home! It was an amazing trip in many ways, not least of which was the time it gave both Scott and myself to reflect on workload and managing lives which can be a bit of a never-ending series of commitments. To that effect, I've been backing off Twitter a bit and as I say in this update, I very quickly remembered why after a couple of short engagements yesterday. But moving forward, it's Microsoft Ignite in Sydney next week and that should be a great event, plus I'm talking about Google's Password Checkup extension and the other credential stuffing list "collections" I keep getting asked about. On that last point, I explain my hesitation with them in the video so for those curious about my opinion, hopefully this helps shed some light on things.
I'm pumping this weekly update out a little bit later, pushing it just before I get on the plane back home to Australia. I've just wrapped up a week in London with Scott doing all things NDC including a couple of days of workshops and a couple of talks each. We discuss that, and how the UK seems to have an odd infatuation with doing anything that could even remotely be deemed a health and safety risk.
On a more serious note, we talk about the emotional toll of the things we do, namely the never ending charging forward with projects like Report URI and HIBP, along with the training, conference talks and what seems like a never-ending pit of emails. I really want to talk more about this in future because whilst I don't personally feel like I'm suffering from burn-out, I can see how that would be the inevitable conclusion of doing too much of this for too long. As I say in the video, I (and Scott) welcome all comments on this.
So it's been a bit of a crazy week. I got onto the plane in Australia on Thursday evening just as Europe was waking up to the news of the 773M email address credential stuffing list I loaded into HIBP. And then the flood began; blog comments, emails, tweets - it was an absolute deluge. I spent the flight fielding the ones I could, landed in Oslo and dealt with more on the way up the mountain then frankly, got there and tuned out. Out of office on, blog comments closed and tweets ignored. This trip was planned downtime with my son and good friends and I really needed it.
In this week's update, I talk about the coverage of that event with Scott Helme while sitting in Oslo during a break in our workshops. We also talked about what frankly, became a bit of a spectacle: the VLC debate about serving updates over HTTP. I'll link to that in the references below and you can hear Scott's and my thoughts on it there. Next week, we'll both be in London at the NDC conference so Scott will join me again for another update then.
And then there was the biggest data breach to go into HIBP ever! I wrote that sentence from home just after publishing all the data, then I got on a plane...
Holy cow that's a lot of emails! Hundreds upon hundreds of emails came in whilst on the way to Dubai, more than I'll ever be able to respond to. Plus, I'm actually trying to have some downtime with my son on this trip particularly over the next few days so a bunch of stuff is going to have to go unanswered or at best, delayed. Mind you, a heap of them were asking questions already addressed in the blog post, but that's just the nature of the internet.
What I will say is that if you're interested in more details on this incident, do read the comments. It'll give you a sense of the way this sort of thing impacts everyday people, and it'll also give you a sense of the sort of comments I have to deal with after these incidents...
Well, it's one more sunny weekly update then snow time again so I've gone particularly beachy today. I'm also particularly breachy, talking about a massive combo list I'm presently pondering for inclusion in HIBP. These lists are frequently used for account takeover attacks against the likes of Spotify which is the subject of this week's blog post. Plus, I'm talking a bit about a bunch of Ubiquiti bits I'll be installing soon to fix the problem seen below:
Oh - and I did end up heading out on the water with Kevin Mitnick, albeit on the boat. I think it's alright. Maybe...
And then it was 2019. Funny how quickly it gets away from you, someone just posted on my 2018 retrospective blog post this week and asked why I didn't include my congressional testimony and if I'm honest, it took me a bit to think about why as well (it was in 2017). But we're here now so it's back to business as usual blog wise.
This week is dominated by the personal finance lessons blog post. This has gotten massive traction this week and has been read by tens of thousands of people. But perhaps what surprises me most is that out of all the feedback I've had, there's only been one negative comment. O-n-e. Frankly, I'm not even sure he actually absorbed the content as the comment was very specifically addressed in the post, but that forms one little part of everything I cover in this week's update. I also touch on the aforementioned 2018 retrospective which I've been doing these last few years as a little reminder of what I've been up to.
This is (probably?) the longest weekly update I've done so far and I do hope it helps add a bit more personality and context to that finance blog post. Do please continue to share feedback and ask questions, I've really enjoyed seeing people get motivated by it.