CCTV for Cape St Francis?

Cape St Francis Civics approve CCTV concept

CCTV CameraCape St Francis Civics and Ratepayers Association recently requested permission from council to install CCTV cameras in certain hot spots in Cape St Francis. The council meets on Thursday 9th and the association hopes to receive positive feedback on the issue with a go ahead to start installing a camera network..

A well-attended public meeting regarding security of Cape St Francis was held in October and various options were discussed. Generally it was agreed the most effective and tried option is that of CCTV cameras along with Licence Plate Recognition technology .

The plan is to phase the camera installation into 3 phases, namely, Phase 1 – the entrance/exit of Cape St Francis, Phase 2 – Da Gama Rd and Osprey Rd intersection and Phase 3 – Shearwater Drive and the Nature Reserve. We have already received pledges that fund phase 1 and 2 and will begin installation as soon as municipality approval has been given. Anyone wanting to get involved or add their pledge can please contact the Cape St Francis Civics and Ratepayers Association at or email at or Dane Shaw personally on


Massive SA data breach

Massive SA data breach – what should I do?

I’m sure by now most, if not all of you, have read about the massive data breach that is estimated to involve around 50 million South Africans, including deceased citizens, and several million children under the age of 18.

The data leaked includes ID numbers‚ personal income‚ age‚ employment history‚ company directorships‚ ethnicity, marital status‚ occupation‚ employer as well as prior addresses.

The event was revealed by Australia-based IT security researcher and owner of the free service Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), Troy Hunt, who said the information was published to a public-facing Web server where it could easily be found, and was a case of ‘gross incompetence’ on behalf of the server owner.

There are several ways that individuals could be affected by the breach. The first danger is that criminals could use the data to open accounts and fraudulently transact as one of the individuals who’s profile was leaked. Unfortunately, there’s enough information to make the transaction appear legit. However, I imagine they could reach a stumbling block as opening credit usually involves having to furnish a pay slip or bank statement, and a copy of your ID.

But everyone should be vigilant – it’s pretty safe to assume that the vast majority of us have had details exposed. If you are concerned, get your credit report from a credit bureau to check if any anomalous activity has taken place. If you identify anything suspicious‚ apply for Protective Registration, which will provide you with additional security and will alert the credit provider or the bank in question that your ID number has been compromised.

The protective registration can be found on the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) Web site. It is free of charge.

However, perhaps a greater danger, is that this kind of personal information in the hands of cyber criminals could be used to perform highly targeted spear phishing attacks. Spear phishing is usually performed via email or other electronic communications. It is targeted at a specific individual, or business, and usually encourages the individual to click on a link which will redirect them to a malware-laden Web site that is usually cunningly crafted to appear like the genuine article, and will often defy all but the closest scrutiny.

The more the attacker knows about an individual, the easier it is for him or her to send an email that appears totally legitimate. While the majority of these attacks aim to steal data such as login credentials for various acts of malfeasance, criminals might also intend to install malware on the user’s computer, for reconnaissance of the company’s network to exfiltrate information, or as a key-logger to capture login details, or even to hijack the machine to use as part of a botnet.

Bottom line, never click on links or attachments in emails unless you are 100% certain they are the genuine article. Never, under any circumstances give out your bank account number or PIN via email or over the phone. There is no circumstance in which the bank will ask for details this way, I assure you. Remember, that after a breach of this nature, an attacker could easily lure someone by asking them information of a similar nature to the leaked data – after a few questions, they might begin to trust them.

For any of you who think you might have been affected, Hunt has a Web site where you can check your email address to see if it has been compromised. I know a few fear mongers were advising against this, and saying it could be a scam.

It isn’t. It is 100% legitimate – he has loaded 2.2 million unique email addresses from the leaked data set into HIBP. Individuals can search for their email addresses there, and it will return either a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ as to whether the address has been leaked. It will also show on which sites it has been compromised.

The emails represent a very small portion of the leaked data, and Hunt has stated he will not make ID numbers searchable at all, as that data is sensitive and personal. He added, however, that anyone with an ID is likely to appear in the data set. Unfortunately, your ID is immutable data or data that can’t be changed, but you password can, so if you do find your email address there – check where it has been compromised, and go and change your passwords on those sites. It’s not a bad idea to change passwords on all sites that house your sensitive information on a regular basis in any case.



World Title to be decided in Hawaii

Contenders – John John Florence (HAW), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Julian Wilson (AUS)

For 35 years, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has been sharing and celebrating one of the most significant sporting series in the world. The Hawaiian Pro, the Vans World Cup of Surfing, and the Billabong Pipe Masters make up the three-event series that crowns the World Surf League (WSL) Champion, determines the new WSL Championship Tour (CT) roster and names the best professional surfer of the Hawaiian winter season in dramatic fashion. This year, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), which takes place November 12 – December 20, will bring one of the tightest World Title races in recent history to the North Shore of Oahu.

All four title contenders – John John Florence (HAW), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Julian Wilson (AUS) are confirmed to compete in one or more events in the VTCS. These top professional athletes represent a geographically diverse scale of surfing’s global reach and its infiltration into mainstream big-league sports, with four different countries characterized in the World Title race.

Florence will wear the yellow Jeep Leader jersey heading into the Hawaiian Pro, event No. 1 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Image: WSL/Masurel

Heading into Hawaii, Florence holds the no. 1 spot on the Jeep Leaderboard rankings, but with only 3,100 points separating he and Medina, the competition will be intense as Florence fights to defend his 2016 World Title at his home break.

“I’m really excited to go surf Pipe and hopefully we get some good waves,” commented Florence after his Quarterfinal loss at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal in October. “If I win at home it will be even more meaningful.”

The VTCS encompasses three different and equally storied wave venues along seven miles of hallowed coastline – Haleiwa Ali‘i Beach, Sunset Beach and Pipeline, the latter being Florence’s literal backyard. The first gem of the series, the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, begins November 12 – 24 and will showcase a mix of 128 local and international athletes including Florence, who will look to back up his 2016 Hawaiian Pro victory and warm up for the winter season at home.

A win at the Hawaiian Pro is a strong indicator – approximately 30 percent – that the victor will go on to claim the VTCS title. Ten surfers have secured the series win after finding success at Haleiwa including Hawaii athletes Florence, Sebastian Zietz, the late Andy Irons, Sunny Garcia and Kaipo Jaquias. The wave at Haleiwa is the best venue of the three for progressive surfing and with 26 of the CT’s top 32 athletes confirmed to compete, the Hawaiian Pro will serve up a sensational kick-off to the celebrated series.

Jordy Smith Perfect 20

Current equal No.3 on the Jeep Leaderboard Jordy Smith of South Africa

The VTCS boasts a combined prize purse of more than one million dollars across all three events with a hefty $50,000 going to the surfer who wins the series title. Hawaii athletes have dominated the North Shore’s competitive surf season and in 35 years, 60 percent of VTCS champions have hailed from the “Aloha State”. However, each year the competition gets fiercer and there are plenty of shake-ups to elevate the drama of qualification for both the Qualifying Series (QS) and CT.