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October 2009 Meeting Announcement

Phactors in Phish Pharming

Joint IEEE Canaveral Section /
Computer Society Chapter Meeting

All are welcome to attend!
(IEEE Membership not required)

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On Tuesday, October 27th, the Canaveral Section meeting will feature a lecture by IEEE Distinguished Visitor Dr. Hal Berghel, Professor and Director of the School of Informatics and Associate Dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on the topic of "Phactors in Phish Pharming".

The meeting will be held at:

Florida Solar Energy Center
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, Florida

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
6:30 PM - Social and Pizza Dinner
7:00 PM - Speaker

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. No charge for the lecture or the pizza. All are welcome to attend!

Please RSVP for the meeting as soon as possible. You can do this several ways:

Cell: Chuck Chapman 321-591-5936


This talk will focus on the latest manifestations and mutations of phishing attacks. Topics will include the art of perception management and social engineering; various forms of technical subterfuge; "core" phishing tactics; obfuscation techniques; delivery techniques; client-side vs. server-side vulnerabilities; anti-phishing weaponry, legal issues, etc. Several current phishing expeditions will be analyzed and compared for effectiveness.

Speaker Biography

Hal Berghel is currently Professor and Director of the School of Informatics and Associate Dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, and Professor and past-Director of the School of Computer Science, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also founding Director of both the Center for Cybersecurity Research, and the Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Research and Operations Center. Berghel has held a variety of research and administrative positions in industry and academia during his thirty-year career in computing. His current research focuses on computing and network security, digital forensics, and digital crime. He is also a popular columnist, author, talk show guest, and keynote speaker.

Berghel is a Fellow of both the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery, and serves both societies as ACM Distinguished Lecturer and an IEEE Distinguished Visitor. He has received the ACM Outstanding Lecturer of the Year Award four times and was recognized for Lifetime Achievement in 2004. He has also received both the ACM Outstanding Contribution and Distinguished Service awards. He is also the founder and owner of, a consultancy serving business and industry.

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