Beware The Social Engineer

Social engineering is generally considered one of the weakest aspects of organizational security. Attackers know that and cybersecurity professionals know that, but many other folks just don’t “get it”. What is Social Engineering? The Internet Security Glossary entry for “Social Engineering” says it is a: Euphemism for non-technical or low-technology methods, often involving trickery or […]
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Book Report: Social Engineering: Hiding in Plain Sight

“Social engineering” may sound like politicians re-designing society, but instead it’s a technique bad actors use to get access to sensitive data. In preparation for a recent trip I searched Amazon for free Kindle books on cybersecurity. Near the top of the list was Social Engineering: Hiding in Plain Sight. The book is not long, […]
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My Dog’s Name is “Chocolate Cookies”

When my father passed away my mother was in the hospital. I needed to access her bank account to pay some bills. They asked me for the account “password”. I told them I did not know, that my mother was unconscious and in the hospital. Then they asked the account security question: what was her […]
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Social Engineering on Father’s Day

Social engineering is a powerful tool. But, it is tough art to practice.  It’s fun and interesting to read about it.  But, what if you wanted to experience first-hand how it works?  You can’t just waltz into some establishment and run a con game.  Sending phishing or spearphishing emails to friends will not endear you […]
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