You (and everyone else around you with a remote interest in technology) have probably said this a thousand and one times – cyber security is a huge concern. Sadly, the Zimbabwean discussion on anything related to that topic isn’t as loud as other issues in technology. Why should people care really?
Maybe it will take a huge cyber attack like a bank being hacked for people to listen. In the city of Bulawayo, some techies are working on that. Not, the hack, but cyber security and preparing for the worst case scenario like an intrusion.
Some people might recognise the name Owasp, a global non-profit organisation that works on improving software security. The Owasp Bulawayo chapter, in partnership with tech incubator, SkyHub, will be holding an event on 3 October at the National University of Science and Technology(NUST) called “How To Hack a Bank Using XSS”.
You can sign up for the event by following this link here
Open to the public, this meetup will have presentations on penetration testing methodology and an introduction to XSS (cross-site scripting) this delivery will include practical hands-on demos with a capture the flag event where participants will try to exploit an XSS vulnerability in a bank website to steal money from a bank account. Also under discussion will be XSS mitigation in PHP and Asp.Net.
With a title like How to Hack a Bank, the event is likely to draw a lot of attention, from security enthusiasts,
aspiring cyber criminals and professional hackers. Maybe they just might get more people to appreciate the need for greater focus on security.