Help out an MBA student by completing questionnaire on Phishing

Posted on July 23, 2010

I, RAJAN MUNIEN, an MBA student, at the Graduate School of Business, University of Kwazulu-Natal, hereby invite you to participate in a research project entitled “Internet Phishing – Hook, Line and Hopefully not Sunk…” The aim of this study is to gain a better understanding about online user’s awareness to the problem of Internet Phishing (IP). Through your participation I hope to determine the level of awareness amongst users and to present a strategy in creating further awareness on the problem. The results are intended to contribute towards implementing an awareness programme that will prevent further users from becoming victims to the threat of Internet Phishing. Your participation in this project is voluntary. You may refuse to participate or withdraw from the project at any time with no negative consequence. There will be no monetary gain from participating in this survey group. Confidentiality and anonymity of records identifying you as a participant will be maintained by the Graduate School of Business, UKZN.

If you agree to the above and want to proceed to the questionnaire, please click on the link below. This survey will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete.

If you have questions at any time about the survey or the procedures, you may contact the author hereunder:
Rajan Munien, Cell : 084 – 5800 176, email :

The lurking dangers hidden in .PDF’s

Posted on June 13, 2010

A couple of days ago there was some noise around some nasty payloads being delivered through .PDF’s. So just in-case you thought that opening a PDF file was safe, take a read of the blog post that Z0nbi put together on the actions of a spam PDF that he received :

” Today I was trawling through my Gmail spam folder like a good little mail monkey when I came across a rather strange bit of spam. Usually you just get rubbish about making your manhood the size of a small country or the latest twitter/gmail support/facebook AV malware. Most of the time I just ignore the messages due to them being very boring and not really worth a coffee and a few hours in Terminal…Today’s message was a little different. It was a very simple email with the subject line “New Resume” and one line in the body of the email saying “Please review my CV, Thank You!“. So, seeing as I have NO idea who the sender was and that there are no issues with the PDF format that I know of, I saved the PDF document to my desktop as I had a virtual machine I just knew the PDF would love immediately. ”

Read the rest of his great post here

Reminder : ISACA KZN Chapter meeting 17th June

Posted on June 13, 2010

Region: Durban, KZN
Date: 17 June 2010
Time: 2:30pm for 3pm
Topic : Compliance Services (Financial Risk Management) will be presenting: “Privacy – Protection of Personal Information”

See the original post for more details

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