[OWASP-South Africa] Membership survey results and more

Brett Russell brett.russell at owasp.org
Sun May 25 18:33:32 UTC 2014

Hi All,

I have been back from a nice long break for 2 weeks now, so I am finally up
to date with my emails, time to catch up on OWASP as well.

To those that completed the membership survey, thank you, here are the
results: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-WK6DCNP/

If you would like to complete the survey still, here is the link:

It has been a busy couple of weeks from a security perspective. eBay made
the news for the wrong reasons with a hack exposing 145 million (yes
million) users names, passwords, address's etc.  There is still some
fallout from the Heartbleed incident going around to this day as well, and
will continue for a while. If you don't think web security is important for
your company, just ask Gregg Steinhafel, former CEO of Target who lost his
job over a similar security breach (maybe he should have joined OWASP, he
might still have his job).

What is not clear to me at the moment is what South Africa is like? We
(Paycorp Group) were not effected by Heartbleed at all, and thankfully,
haven't been the target of any major hack attempts (I am holding my wooden
desk as I say this). So I have 2 questions:

1. Does anyone know of a reliable source of hacking attempts or hack
reports in South Africa?

2. Does anyone have any personal experience of a hack attempt (successful
or not) that they would be willing to share so we can start to get a better
picture of what is happening here. Otherwise, if you were for example
affected by the Heartbleed bug, what was the impact and fallout?

Last thing, the mail robots have done their thing and the mailing list has
been pruned to only active address's, so please feel free to send emails to
the OWASP South Africa mailing address (owasp-southafrica at lists.owasp.org)
or simply reply to this email.

Kind Regards,
Brett Russell
OWASP South Africa Chapter Leader
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