Social Engineering

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Not So Tweet and Innocent: Social Networking Security Webinar

June 19, 2012 Added by:Kelly Colgan

In conjunction with the National PTA Convention, Tim Woda will present about the specific risks plaguing parents and ways to mitigate their concerns. Matt Cullina will unveil findings from a Harris Interactive survey of parents about their child’s social networking habits and what issues cause them the most fear...

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Mobiles and Phishing – Why They're More Dangerous

June 14, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

SMiShing is a version of phishing in which scammers send text messages. The best protection from this scam is awareness. Once you understand how it works, you are better positioned to recognize mobile phishing, and how to avoid clicking links within emails or text messages and otherwise responding to such ruses...

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How and Why to Alert Your Employees of the LinkedIn Breach

June 07, 2012 Added by:Jason Clark

Cyber security teams should send out an employee alert explaining why LinkedIn passwords need to be changed and best practices for doing so. You may not have direct IT control over individual LinkedIn accounts, but your communication may alleviate social engineering attacks on employees and your network...

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Man Sentenced to Almost Five Years in Prison for Identity Theft

June 04, 2012 Added by:Headlines

Michael Garcia was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to 57 months in prison for fraud. Garcia accessed the computer servers of a law firm and an accountant firm without their knowledge or authorization and downloaded the personal information of more than 1,450 clients and employees...

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Social Engineering: A True Story of Incredible Deception

May 31, 2012 Added by:Ben Rothke

In the vernacular of infosec, Tania Head was a type of social engineer. In the book Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking, Christopher Hadnagy details how attackers use social engineering to manipulate people into performing actions or divulging information...

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The Biggest Attack Surface is US

May 30, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

As technologies advance and the human nature side of things continues to allow for strides in security as well as the inevitable setbacks, you will become the ultimate target of the easy score for data that could lead to compromise. After all, what do you think the real persistent threats rely on? Human nature...

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Twitter Hack! Five Ways to Avoid Being a Victim of Phishing

May 12, 2012 Added by:Brent Huston

Twitter is downplaying a security breach that exposed tens of thousands of user emails and passwords. The compromised Twitter accounts could have been the result of phishing attacks. Whenever you read about such breaches, it is always a good idea to change your password...

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It's Summer Blockbuster Season Again - Time to get Prepared

May 08, 2012 Added by:Lee Munson

One of the most used tricks that black hat hackers use during this time of year is to piggyback off of the advertising of big budget movies. There are a lot of ways that you can leverage attacks with this type of advertising and believe me they use all of them...

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Phishing with PDF's and Why it Works

May 02, 2012 Added by:f8lerror

During many penetration tests the need to social engineer a target may be required. Let’s talk about something that completely relies on the user being conned into following the attackers instructions. The scenario is simple send the user a PDF form and have them submit the form...

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On the Growth of Identity Theft

May 01, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

It is clear that criminal organizations are devoting substantial resources in this sector. An increasing component of organized crime is specializing in this kind of activity characterized by high profits and low risks compared to traditional criminal activities...

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Five Steps to a Successful Social Attack

April 29, 2012 Added by:Neira Jones

You might not fall for these attacks, but how many members of your family would? How many employees in your organization would, from field staff to C-level execs? Different people will have different thresholds to these attacks. Security education and awareness is key...

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Social Media Security 101

April 24, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

EVERYTHING is compromised. Every web site, every data base, every place that touches the web – I assume this at all times. There is not one among us whose network has not been compromised. The security mantra in the past was “Risk Avoidance”. That is no longer the case...

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Observations on Lack of Research in Social Engineering

April 19, 2012 Added by:Bozidar Spirovski

The attack was performed by multiple phone calls which created contact with multiple targets. Each call was a probing attempt to collect as much information possible. The first and second stage of the attack was aimed at the same targets but with several days delay between stages...

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Using a Website’s Contact Us Form to Create a Phishing Attack

April 19, 2012 Added by:f8lerror

We all have come across websites that have the forms that say “contact us” or something similar. What’s the big deal? These forms have been around forever, right? When an employee finally gets the message, they are automatically put at ease, and become trusting of the content...

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Four Tips for Teaching Your Staff About Social Engineering

April 11, 2012 Added by:Brent Huston

Social engineering, the process of obtaining confidential information through tricking people to do things they should not do; is on the rise. So how can you help your staff recognize social engineering before it’s too late? Here are a few tips...

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The FBI Discusses Internet Social Networking Risks

April 05, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

Social networking sites have created a revolution in connectivity. However, con artists, criminals, and other actors are exploiting this capability for nefarious purposes. There are primarily two tactics used to exploit social networks. In practice, they are often combined...

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