Promote a Blog | Blog Directory | Content Marketing | Analytics | Blog | FAQ |

Explore » Blog Directory of Selected Blogs
Connect » Authentic Blogger Community
Discover » Featured Blogs and Topics

Content distribution for

Blog Rating:
Promote Up Promote Down (click to visit & rate)
Blog Thumbnail

Bookmark and Share

BlogUpp Fans

My Scotiabank Report to the OPCC is submitted.

content discovered on Thursday, December 21, 2017 in

So, as many people know, I've been communicating with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada about the ongoing abysmal cybersecurity farce at Scotiabank (codenamed "Project EaglePuff").During a recent communication with that office, I agreed that I would consider possibly documenting some of the evidence behind what I know, to help the government grasp the magnitude of the Scotiabank cybersecurity problem and do my part to protect the general public from what these clowns at the bank are doing....

Setting the customer up for failure

content discovered on Sunday, December 17, 2017 in

New video on the new "Bonkers Banking" channel. In this video, we take what the browser manufacturers knew in 2009/2010 and what the IETF knew 5 years ago, and compare that to what the bank still has not done as we head in to 2018.

New Scotiabank Related YouTube Channel

content discovered on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in

So, as you can guess by the title, there's a new YouTube channel.In short, the silliness at Scotiabank is so prolific, it was overrunning my personal vlog channel. It was clearly going to need it's own channel. So, the first video went up tonight. So, if you want just the banking stuff, without the kids and other stuff, you now have your own channel. Click subscribe to keep up to date.

Israeli Cybersecurity To Save Scotiabank?

content discovered on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in

Apparently, a company that can't secure their own Wordpress site are going to be the saviour of Scotiabank's cybersecurity. Also, I've had a long chat with the Canadian Government...

I bought a Christmas Octopus at Starbucks

content discovered on Friday, December 8, 2017 in

In this vlog, I talk about my trip to Starbucks and how I bought a Christmas Octopus there.

Scotiabank is also using Israeli Cybersecurity

content discovered on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in

Yesterday, it came to light that Scotiabank is copying TD and teaming up with Israeli talent to do cybersecurity.I'm keeping my eye on this closely, given how atrocious Scotiabank currently manages 3rd parties.

The second annual review of Scotiabank's IT sec...

content discovered on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in

It's that time of year again.Here's the second annual highlights, showcasing how truly ridiculous IT security got at Scotiabank this year.

Christmas is coming...

content discovered on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in

Christmas is coming. Everyone is making things. In the case of my neighbours, they've been brewing stuff for 8 months.

Color grading your vlog in FCPX

content discovered on Monday, November 27, 2017 in

Today's vlog entry covers how I do color grading in Final Cut Pro X of the vlogs, and what the difference is when done.

What I learned in the first 100 vlogs...

content discovered on Friday, November 24, 2017 in

Today I cover what I've learned... It's a lot. ha ha!

Hidden Tetris and Pong on MacOS

content discovered on Thursday, November 23, 2017 in

After the Windows 3.1 video, I was asked about whether there's hidden things in Mac OS. So, here is Tetris and Pong that ships with every Mac.

Running Visual Basic 3 on Windows 3.1

content discovered on Monday, November 20, 2017 in

Today's vlog entry is a trip down memory lane, where I go back to my professional programming roots.

100th Vlog entry coming up...

content discovered on Friday, November 17, 2017 in

So, in today's vlog, I cover that I've hit 10,000 views and got monetization switched on... Also, I'm canvassing questions for the 100th episode.I knew when I retired this blog from longform posts, that the 100th episode would happen at some point, but it's still exciting to actually be approaching it for real!

Programming Mobile Devices

content discovered on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in

In this vlog entry, I cover some of the mobile devices I've programmed over the last 19 years.

Project EaglePuff

content discovered on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in

If you're not familiar with it, Project EaglePuff is the codename for the ongoing Scotiabank cybersecurity problem. It was chosen as a stupid codename for what is, really, a brainless set of leaks, that were wholly preventable.The size of the leak has grown from over 750MB to >1GB now - and now covers a large IT vendor in Toronto, ScotiabankChile, Scotiabank Mexico as as one of the cloud companies that Scotiabank was touting some months back.Whilst one of the leakers has realised that certain files shoul...

Getting stuff done...

content discovered on Friday, November 10, 2017 in

Today, I cover the simple trick to how I get stuff done. Really, it's not rocket science, but it's the one simple thing that I do which generates the "You really get more stuff done than the average person" comments that I frequently hear.

YouTube Keywords

content discovered on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in

This vlog episode covers what I learned about YouTube keywords, and how larger companies are not using them... Which means they don't understand that YouTube is actually the world's second largest search engine (after Google), and if you don't tag your videos, then the search engine will give preference to those that do.

The slang I grew up with

content discovered on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in

In this vlog episode, I cover the various slang influences that I grew up with... These include, Carny, Cockney, Gypsy, Polari, and Butchers Backslang. This was a fun one to record, but a pain in the butt to edit. ha ha!

Visa Canada's First Reaction to the Scotiabank ...

content discovered on Monday, November 6, 2017 in

So whilst I wait for the Canadian government to respond on some jurisdictional matters (as this breach covers three countries), it was time for me to engage another stakeholder in the matter - Visa Canada - as I've identified credit card transaction information that belongs to Visa customers.... ... yeah, it went about as well as can be expected.

I got my first vlog dislike...

content discovered on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in

After running the vlog for some months, I finally hit a new milestone... I got my first "dislike"... ha ha!

Update on the Scotiabank breach and code leak, ...

content discovered on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in

This is just a quick update... Video on where things are at after sixty days.... It's grim.

Update on the Scotiabank API Breach

content discovered on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in

Just a quick note to say that as of 11:49am (EST) on Oct 10, 2017, it appears that the CCIRC has successfully removed the Scotiabank security breach. The offending repository is gone.Now, thisisn't the end of this story - another breach is identified... More to follow in the coming week.

The dangerous cybersecurity pattern I see at Sc...

content discovered on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in

I’ve noticed something of a dangerous repetition at Scotiabank in Canada. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM), and for the second year in a row, during CSAM, I found the bank has been compromised and more by luck than skill has dodged a catastrophic cybersecurity problem. In April 2016 I noticed that Scotiabank was pushing out Android mobile apps that had an “unauthorised addition” in them, after a frustrated programmer added their own personal content to drop an f-bomb at one of the ba...

How I ended up with the keys to Scotiabank

content discovered on Sunday, October 8, 2017 in

So, in a chain of events that doesn't surprise me in the least, I have pointed the CCIRC (thecybersecurity bit of the RCMP) at a public GitHub repository that contains a security breach for Scotiabank, originating at one of it's partners South of the US.In short, I was researching a YouTube video for Cyber-Security Awareness Month, and knowing that all big banks in Canada have a problem with leaking code into GitHub, went to lookfor a common example of Scotiabank's continual leaks. Like the TCS leak back...

I'm back in the news...

content discovered on Monday, September 11, 2017 in

So, as the title says... I'm back in the news. The actual article is here in The Register.The follow up video explaining how this came about (no surprises for the subscribers of my Vlog) is here. As of writing this post, I can see that at least two people at Scotiabank have gone to my LinkedIn page, though I've no idea if they're people looking to solve the problem, looking to covertheir own backsides, or just curious. LinkedIn says this on the "Who's looked at your profile"...I have sent an email to ...

Just when you think Scotiabank could not get wo...

content discovered on Thursday, September 7, 2017 in

So, 9 days ago, Scotiabank lost my mortgage payment in Interac again. The money is inside Scotiabank somewhere. The Office of the President are apparently looking into this - and obviously as the left hand doesn't talk to the right hand, the Scotiabank collections department looking for that payment don't like being told to talk to the President's office who are also looking for that payment.So, today I sent through another mortgage payment. It is now stuck as well. That means inside Scotiabank, between ...

The Scotiabank Talk - Part 4

content discovered on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in

The final part (part 4) of The Scotiabank Talk is up on YouTube.In this part I coverorganized crime, customer service, and show how everything I've covered in this series leads us to an incredibly stupid juxtaposition at Scotiabank where use of HTTPS is concerned...

The Scotiabank Talk - Part 3

content discovered on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in

Just a quick heads up....The YouTube serialization of the Scotiabank Talk continues. Today part 3 went out.

See you on the flip side...

content discovered on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in

TL;DR - I'm pausing this blog and now I'm found over here: regular readers of this blog will know, this blog has been around for a lot of years. A lot of work has been put into it, and I'm happy with what it has achieved. It has grown from a tiny seed where it might get 10 to 15 views a month, to where it is in summer 2017, with about 10,000 views a month and still growing. However, some issues crept in and I had to take along hard look at why Icontinue to do this, ...

Banking Silliness

content discovered on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in

Just when you think the ScotiaBank/Interac debacle is over... Day 26 and things go wrong... again. Still experimentingwith the idea of migrating the blog to thevlog.

Whataboutism, Skewed Logic and Invisible Dinosa...

content discovered on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in

I'm experimenting with the idea of moving this blog to the VLOG. A) it's quicker for me to knock out 5 minutes of video, than type for 15 minutes. B) It gives me a chance to get across things like tone (so it's not so dry), as well as emotion and other things that are sometimes missing in the written blog.C)Also, it gives me a chance to practice my FCPX skills.Here's yesterday's entry on Whataboutism, and what you need to apply a rational mind to the amount of BS that we're bombarded with these days.... ...

A lazy Saturday

content discovered on Monday, July 24, 2017 in

Had a lazy Saturday. Wife and twins went to Wonderland, so I got a day at home by myself (that's not happened in a long while).

This made me chuckle...

content discovered on Thursday, July 20, 2017 in

Just ran across this... It made me chuckle.

The Scotiabank & Interac Debacle - Day 20

content discovered on Thursday, July 20, 2017 in

It's been nearly 24 hours since I sent in my formal complaint to Scotiabank and CC'ed the OBSI and Interac. Neither Scotiabank or Interac had the courtesy to acknowledge receipt of the email in the 22 hours since, but I know someone at least is looking into what I've publicly said previously.The reason I know it's being looked into is someone's case management system went through 22 pages of the blog yesterday. (Click for full size)

You couldn't make it up...

content discovered on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in

Something just happened that makes me want to bang my head on my desk. Twitter followers will remember that I told ScotiaBank and Interac on the 14th July, that if things were not fixed by Monday, I'd be escalating. (Click for full-size) ...naturally, nobody did anything with this. As of this morning, it was still unresolved. It's now the 19th July and around 4 hours since I pulled the trigger to get this escalated by submitting a formal complaint. So guess what happened? Scotiabank's twitter team...

A TED Talk video just appeared

content discovered on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in

Most people know what I do (See here if you don't).I like doing work that makes the world a better place.The TED talk people just released this 2014 talk on YouTube from their archives... It's a little bit dated as that scanner hardware was retired a few years ago, and the current generation scanner is a lot smaller and faster than the one shown... Also, the software is a lot different as I wrote new new apps in 2015 and added more in 2016.Anyway, it's an interesting video that explains how this all go...

The Scotiabank & Interac Debacle - Day 18

content discovered on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in

So we've reached day 18 without resolution on theScotiabank and Interac silliness. Here's something to consider:Scotiabank read this blog 18 times last week. Screen Shot of Analytics LogBoth Interac and Scotiabank were pinged on Twitter about the matter last week, and obviously Scotiabank is also aware of the issue through the bloggiven the number of times they're hitting the pages of this blog.As of posting this, they've looked at this blog 4 times today already, too, so it's now looking bad that this...

The Interac Debacle Day 17 - An Interac Anecdote

content discovered on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in

I needed to test some lighting to see if it was viable for some chroma-key (aka "Green screen") work I want to do for another project, so recorded this little story that I wanted to share and save some typing at the same time... ...and yes, I spotted the lighting problem, too. That needs fixing before I try this again.

The Interac Debacle - Day 17

content discovered on Monday, July 17, 2017 in

Just a quick update... As you know, both Interac and Scotiabank are aware of the issue.... So, I predicted ScotiaBank would be dishonest over the @Interac debacle. I know it’s only $1, but it annoys me.— (ノ°Д°)ノ︵ sןןnoɔ (@coulls) July 10, 2017...but nothing has been communicated back to me in the way of a resolution.As I'd not heard anything, I just went online to see if Scotiabank had quietly sneaked anything back into the account without writing to me. I was just greeted with th...

The Interac Debacle Continues - Day 13.

content discovered on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in

A quick recap:1) We had a problem in Canada with Interac (Link) where I predicted that ScotiaBank would likely be dishonest and double-dip on fees.2) When the money finally showed up, sure enough they double-dipped (Link) on fees.Where we are at now (Day 13):I just got off the phone with Scotiabank and the lady I spoke to is claiming that although Scotiabank charged me the Interac fee twice, I need to ask Interac and not Scotiabank to refund the $1 that was charged for the transaction that never complete...

How do you fix mobile banking in Canada - Part 4

content discovered on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in

Some years ago now, I found myself looking at a SQL backup file. It was for a Caribbean arm of CIBC bank, and contained competition entries from one of their Caribbean websites. It displayed names, email addresses and phone numbers, but not banking info. Someone thought it was perfectly fine to backup those competition entries and then just upload the entire backup to the web server.... Back in those days, I was a bit wet behind the ears with bank security and so I reported the problem directly to the ba...

Update on the ScotiaBank Interac problem - As e...

content discovered on Monday, July 10, 2017 in

So, ScotiaBank finally found my mortgage money after the Interace debacle. Even though I've gotten written confirmation that it was deposited in the destination account, the money showed up in the originating account again. Now, you'll remember in the last sentence of my original post, thatI was fully expecting the bank to be dishonestand try to screw me by double-dipping on bank charges. Predictably, Scotiabank followed through. This is now my banktransaction trail. (Click for full size)As you can s...

Day Seven of The Scotiabank Interac Problem

content discovered on Friday, July 7, 2017 in

Today is the seventh day since I sent my mortgage through Interac from Scotiabank to a different Scotiabank card account. Scotiabank said on Monday that this would be resolved by today.Guess what? It's not resolved.

Day Six of the Scotiabank Interac Problem

content discovered on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in

A quick update... It's now day six and the interac problem is still not resolved at Scotiabank this morning when I checked my account. I'm not going to call Scotiabank today as I don't think it's a fruitful use of my time and I anticipate getting a canned response anyway from some customer support person because they don't actually have the answers.I posted a question on Twitter this morning to Interac (despite not having any faith that they'll actually answer it) where I asked Interac about the lack of ...

A quick update on the Interac issue at Scotiabank

content discovered on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in

You'll remember that last week we hit a problem with Interac in Canada. This is just a quick update to follow up on that.Despite getting the written confirmation on Friday that the money was deposited, I phoned Scotiabank on Monday morning as the money still wasn't showing up. Naturally, the support lady in India put me on hold and then hung up. I immediately called Scotiabank back and this time got someone that sounded Canadian, but with an attitude that sounded like he really wasn't interested in custo...

ScotiaBank and Interac In Action

content discovered on Friday, June 30, 2017 in

See Update belowSo today I had to deal with Scotiabank. The idea was to Interac money from oneaccount to another account. Obviously, because this post exists, you canguess this simple process turned into a bit of a train wreck.If you're not experienced with Canada's Interac system, allow me to quickly get you up to speed on this boondoggle. In short, you have banks connected to the Internet,who can't send money between bank computers over the Internet. To resolve this silliness, another organisation is c...

Something humourous...

content discovered on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in

This morning I logged in to Scotiabank and was greeted with this gem. (Click image for full size) I double-checked for something silly like an incorrect useragent string had been sent, and that doesn't appear to be the case. (Click image for full size) So, for whatever reason it failed, it made me chuckle.

How do you fix mobile banking in Canada - Part 3

content discovered on Monday, June 19, 2017 in

(PLEASE NOTE: This article will likely go stale in a matter of hours, as the banks pull down any links I've provided. Once they're down, you'll just have to use your imagination)This time, I’m going to focus on customer security. But, I’m not going to waffle on about the usual angles that everyone else talks about. Everyone has heard the well-worn clichés like “At such-n-such bank, customer security is of paramount importance”. Of course, they are going to say that because it’s their job to say that, b...

A comparison with the UK

content discovered on Friday, June 16, 2017 in

Following on from the other day, I did a quick sweep of the UK to renew my 10,000ft understanding of the state of things in the UK, for comparison with what I know (and have previously talked about) in Canada.By and large, I think things are still done better in the UK than in Canada. If you look at most Android apps, they usually have proper obfuscation, which usually Canadadoesn't. They usually use the JNI for sensitive code where Canada usually doesn't. They also often run 24 hour social media teams, ...

Barclays in the UK has taken a leaf out of Scot...

content discovered on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in

(WARNING - FOUL LANGUAGE)After the little bit of excitement that happened around me this week, I decided to do a quick refresher of the state of UK banking Android apps, just to get a mental update as to whether things are more or less secure in the UK than here in Canada. (Short answer is for the most part, it's more secure in the UK)Regular readers of this blog will remember the unauthorized addition to the Scotiabank Android app, which sat there for 230 known days before I posted how long it'd been th...

What do you think?

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: BlogUpp does not claim ownership of any content distributed via this blog directory and its content marketing channels.
The author of the blog mentioned at the top is assumed to be the content owner. BlogUpp is a blog promotion and content marketing service. Learn more

Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Copyright © 2018, BlogUpp (aka BlogUp)