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Monday, June 27, 2022
Sometimes the news shared on the podcast Security Now is baffling. Take, for example, driver's licenses. Driver's licenses aren't usually considered insecure, but Australia has effectively made it so with the New South Whales Digital Driver's License ("DDL"). This story has extended to the most recent SN podcasts 873 and 874.
The first episode has Steve explaining what the DDL is and how poorly it is secured. Released in 2019, the DDL is currently being used by approximately 70% of the population, which means 3.9 million people have opted into using it.
The New South Wales government has touted the DDL as "difficult to counterfeit," but that is far from the truth. A hacking group called DVULN, known for pen testing and secure application development, revealed many security issues with the DDL.
DVULN found that DDL data can be manipulated and used to create fraudulent digital identities. In other words, if bad actors were interested in altering data, they could potentially do it straight from the NSW government's iOS app! One of the testers went so far as to prove that this is a problem publicly.
But how do we know the information on DDLs is already being altered? Itnews.com.au reported, "Farmer observed that social media users reported that a number of underage people were using fake DDLs that are easy to make to visit drinking establishments in the state."
There wasn't a formal response from the New South Wales government when Steve first brought the situation to Security Now fans, but by episode 874, there was a response that Steve found to be lacking.
The NSW rebuttal states that this issue is not a risk, that no other customer data or data source has been compromised, and that the licenses are hard to forge. And, by the way, altering a DDL is against the law.
In both episodes, Steve gives us the rundown as to why the security systems for DDLs that are in place are not enough and, even more importantly, that real-world physical driver's license counterfeiting is far more challenging to accomplish.
An exasperated Steve says, "Apparently now we believe digital, over 'real world,' 'old school' physical."
Check out both of these and future episodes of Security Now.
Monday, May 23, 2022
Sometimes there are learning opportunities right in front of us. Maybe you're someone who thinks they need to attend a school or a particular class, but how about a free alternative - podcasting. You can listen to or watch a podcast on TWiT.tv. Our resident photographer, Ant Pruit, host of Hands-On Photography, is a credit to photographers everywhere. Every Thursday, Ant shares stunning photos and provides quick tutorials. He also invites expert guests to appear on his show and offers essential tips and tricks for the beginner or expert photographer.
One of his favorite things is getting fan feedback and answering photography questions. In episode #128, Ant answered the following question: "I have a Mac but am looking for a PC for holding and editing my photos only. I don't want to spend a lot of money. I have an area set up to transfer or scan my pictures. What are my best options?"
Ant does more than answer inquiries with a "one size fits all" approach. He runs the gamut of low-end to high-end options. Ant gives his fans the confidence to accomplish their photography and editing goals. Ant wants you to enjoy photography as much as he does.
Feel free to peruse the HOP episodes, especially those that include guests like Terrell Lloyd, the NFL's San Francisco 49ers team photographer, and Laretta Houston, one of the most popular fashion and marketing photographers in the world!
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
The TWiT.tv Network is proud to announce our newest audio podcast, TWIS! This Week In Space premiered on Friday, March 4th, and TWiT fans are excited. Tech and space are incredibly connected, and we thought a show with experts Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik was the beginning of something intergalactically extraordinary.
The first episode did not disappoint either. It was interesting to get a new perspective on the war in Ukraine and how space politics are just as much a part of this conflict as regular politics. We also heard about the 3 tons of space junk landing on the moon's far side and the inside scoop on atomic rockets!
Since the first episode, TWIS has received some much-deserved attention! It made the Top 10 New Shows to listen to on Apple Podcasts, so don’t just take our word for it, it’s impressive, and Apple says so too.
As TWIS has settled in, Rod and Tariq continue to bring you the space headlines, a little space history, random facts about star names, light-years, and all the fantastic knowledge to infinity and beyond!
If you haven’t listened yet, all 7 episodes are ready for you to binge right now wherever you get your podcasts! Don’t miss another episode. Subscribe today! You don’t have to be a space junky or astrophysicist to understand the content - Tariq and Rod will explain it all.
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Space. The Final Frontier. Our fascination with our universe extends beyond the unknown. Space exploration and space travel are taking over, and everyone is reaching for the moon or Mars.
Space and technology go hand in hand. It’s why TWiT has a new audio-only podcast on this exciting topic. Introducing This Week In Space, a new podcast covering all the hot galaxy news lighting up the headlines. Hosts Rob Pyle, the Editor-in-Chief for Ad Astra Magazine, and Space.com’s Tariq Malik will dive into the weekly news, conduct interviews with experts, and take you on a deep dive into humanity’s most incredible adventure.
TWIS will have new episodes every Friday, launching on March 4, 2022, to the public. If you are interested in listening to our beta episodes, join Club TWiT. All new TWiT shows will be beta-tested in our Club before releasing to the public.
Saturday, February 26, 2022
When Jason Howell said, “Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine” on Tech News Weekly, it was a sobering moment. Is it newsworthy? Absolutely. But what is the tech angle?
Jason mentioned, “digital warfare plays a huge part in this conflict.” Ukrainian banks and government agencies were hit with a new malware called Wiper, which essentially wipes data and makes it unrecoverable. In other words, Russia is conducting cyber warfare as part of its attack strategy.
On Tuesday’s Security Now episode, Steve Gibson discusses this in more detail, explaining Russia’s precursor to war in the form of cyberattacks on Ukraine the week before. He provides context by giving us a cyberattack play-by-play for deeper insight into how the attacks occurred with Russia using Denial of Service Attacks.
Mainstream news can impact the tech world, whether it's an exciting release of the newest smartphone or the impact from the Russia/Ukraine War. Tech is integrated into almost everything, and it’s essential to understand how.
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