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South African Bank "security"
From: Kerry Adams <kerryadams604 () yahoo com>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2012 08:08:24 -0700 (PDT)
ABSA Bank South Africa, "a member of the Barclays Group", has a division named "ABSA stock brokers". ABSA stock
brokers sends out "secure email" for statements, etc. This consists of an attached HTML form (plaintext) which submits
a user name and password by https to digibroker.co.za, which displays the actual statement.
This, unfortunately, leaves ample room for rank outsiders to provide similar mail and collect passwords, if they can
just get past that fiendishly complex base64 encryption. The following sample of only slightly doctored "secure email"
is provided for educational purposes only:
Last week: vendor notified
This week: publication
Vendor describes their security as follows at https://www.absastockbrokers.co.za/ :
Absa Stockbrokers is committed to making sure that your online experience is safe and secure. Absa Stockbrokers uses
multiple levels of security, and state-of-the-art Internet technology, beginning with your browser and ending with our
own security infrastructure to ensure that access to your accounts is private and secure. Further information can be
found under Security Centre on the main Absa website.
Secure Email: All contract notes (broker notes) and monthly statements delivered via email are encrypted for your
protection. In order to decrypt the secure emails, the nominated email recipient is required to register on the Absa
Stockbrokers website. See Secure Email under FAQ's.
Full-Disclosure - We believe in it.
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- South African Bank "security" Kerry Adams (May 02)