Monday, June 27, 2022

Ridiculously Insecure Digital Driver’s License

 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

Hands-On Photography (HOP) and Its Host Ant Pruitt

 


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! 


There's something new and fun every week. Make sure to subscribe to Hands-On Photography, and if you want more Ant Pruit, check out Club TWiT and This Week In Google.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

This Week in Space Is Here & Going Strong

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

This Week in Space Lanches Friday, March 4th

 

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

The Tech Impact - When Russia invaded Ukraine


 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.


Subscribe to Tech News Weekly and Security Now or visit TWiT.tv and subscribe to your favorite shows.




Friday, February 18, 2022

Club TWiT.tv Fireside Chats With Ant

 


I know we talk about Club TWiT a lot, but the subscription service we launched last year is fun, and we are adding more features as our club grows. Check out our Fireside Chats. As a club member, you have the opportunity to get to know our TWiT hosts/guests on a whole new level. We discuss who they are, what makes them tick, and take a deeper dive into their lives. And the best part is you can ask questions and participate.

Our host, Ant Pruitt, interviews our guests. He has questions planned out, but if members have questions, he’ll ask those as well.  We love it when our hosts weigh in on important tech topics and give us a glimpse into their lives. So when you become a Club TWiT member, you’ll have the inside scoop of our host’s side projects, passions, careers, and hobbies.  It’s an intimate experience.

Sign up for Club TWiT now and join the fun!. Once you’re a member, you have two ways you can watch Fireside Chats. The first is through our Discord Channel. Scroll down to #club-twit-events and join the Zoom meeting where you can see the show live! Raise your hand if you have a question you’d like Ant to ask. The second way is to watch the Fireside Chat later if you cannot watch it live.  Sign in to Club TWiT, select “Podcasts,” scroll to “TWiT+ [Club TWiT Exclusive],” and subscribe using your preferred podcast app. You have the option of audio, video, or both.

Are you ready to watch the next Fireside Chat? Join Club TWiT today, and you’ll never miss out.



Thursday, February 10, 2022

The TWiT.tv Book Club

If you’ve been up to date on all things TWiT, you might know that we love our listeners, fans, and the entire TWiT Army. And we love them so much that we enjoy interacting with them daily.


Our Club TWiT has allowed members and the TWiT family to delve into a massive range of topics on our discord channel. One of these topics is focused on books! If our show This Week In Google hasn’t been on your radar, Stacey Higginbotham and Ant Pruitt mention it from time to time, but Discord is truly where it’s at.

The Book Club is mainly geared toward Science Fiction from authors who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and who aren’t always in the mainstream eye. Ant and Stacey post a vote after each book to determine the next read, and you are welcome to throw in some recommendations as well.

What are you waiting for? Join Club TWiT and dive into the fun!
 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Tech Break on TWiT.tv


Don’t you wish you could take one of the best pieces out of a podcast and hear a snippet about a particular topic? Well, the hosts of TWiT thought it was a good idea too and made it happen. Take a moment and check out TWiT’s Tech Break. These are podcast shorts taken from TWiT’s full-length episodes that our hosts felt deserved to be highlighted all on their own. The content ranges from new gadgets, apps, unboxings, interviews and excerpts, and anything else our hosts deem highlight-worthy. And sometimes, the content is brand new; if a story breaks, our hosts want to be sure you hear about it right away.


Take Tech Break 7124, for example, published on January 9th. Amy Webb, Leo Laporte, and Fr. Robert Ballecer discuss NASA’s Webb Telescope deployment. The event was exceptionally newsworthy, but the conversation that ensued about people’s perception of reality, society, and coming together, expanded upon this legendary event. It’s more than just a telescope.


That was a fantastic conversation. Check it out. You truly don’t want to miss any episode. Subscribe and download today and take a tech break.


Saturday, January 29, 2022

The TWiT.tv Annual Survey

 


One of TWiT's annual events is putting out a survey to all of our TWiT listeners. Why? Because TWiT is an ad-supported network, we work with partners who want to know about our audience reach. Unlike Facebook, Google, etc., we prefer to ask instead of track our audience. We need our audience's participation to help us out outside of podcast attribution because we only want to super-serve our fans. We also need input on what we should do next. We are super excited to beta-test our newest show, "This Week in Space," in Club TWiT and want your feedback on future shows.


Please help us out and take the survey. We appreciate your support! 



Saturday, January 8, 2022

Happy New Year 2022

 

It's a new year, and it's time to set New Year's resolutions and goals to thrive. Now is the time to plan, strategize, and listen to your favorite podcasts for motivation. If you are a TWiT.tv fan, please subscribe to our newsletter to hear about our 2022 plans or your favorite TWiT show.   We plan to test a new show in Q1, details to follow, and if you need your tech news in shorter bites, then subscribe to our Tech Break feed. It's also a time to be grateful, and we are thankful for all of our amazing fans who make TWiT.tv possible. Happy New Year!