What the SECTF4Kids is All About

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If someone had told me 4 years ago when I was sitting in my office thinking up ways to make kids cry what this little competition would have turned into, I would not have believed them. But there I sat trying to figure out how to teach kids that social engineering skills can be used for good, that critical thinking is important, and that you can learn to influence, read body language, pick locks and GET PAID to do it.

From that was born the first SECTF4Kids. A competition that pitted young adults and little kids against one another in feats of timed social engineering skills.

In the very first SECTF4Kids I spent about 6 months thinking of every diabolical thing I could to make the competition difficult, and then to see some kids finish in 2 hours… well, was demoralizing.

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DEF CON 22 – Are You Ready?

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Are you ready for blistering 115-degree heat, the never-ending press of black t-shirts, and fast-talking social engineers? Then you, my friend, are ready for DEF CON 22! Social-Engineer.Org have so much goodness to tell you about. First, let’s start with the Social Engineering Village. This will be our second year at running SE fun and Continue Reading >

The Social Engineering Infographic

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Social engineering. We can remember a time when typing that into a search engine lead to almost no return. Maybe some “free burger” videos or the like, but nothing about security. Jump forward to the present day and Social engineering is more than just “free burgers”, it is a vector used in over 66% of Continue Reading >

Victory Nonverbal

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Social engineers and psychologists may specialize in recognizing nonverbal cues but they have never won a Super Bowl with their skills. Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks secondary did exactly that. By decoding some of the hand signals Peyton Manning used in Super Bowl XLVIII to communicate with his receivers, the Seahawks gained an advantage over Continue Reading >

SECTF at DEF CON 22 – TAG TEAMS

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Wait?  Is it really that time again?  No, it can’t be.  I mean didn’t we just leave DEF CON, like what… five minutes ago?  (checks watch) Nope, its that time folks.  DEF CON will be upon us like a crazed starving vulture picking apart our brains and leaving us in heaps of sleepless, unshowered, prehuman Continue Reading >

Social-Engineer.Org – Reborn and Recreated

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It was almost 5 years ago that we launched the social-engineer.org site.  Honestly folks, if you had asked me to predict what would come of it my wildest dreams would not have lead me to this.  Almost 5 years, 2 books, a number of worldwide trainings, a company and much more later it was time Continue Reading >

Unmasking The Social Engineer – Released!

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I literally found just a few minutes before my next plane ride.. no, really I’m not kidding.  We have been busy little social engineers.  Last year was a year of growth, exploration and mental expansion. I am finally getting a chance to let everyone know that the book has been released. Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Continue Reading >

The Humorous Side to Info Gathering

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Information is the crux of any social engineering engagement. It merits then that we talk bout Info Gathering often.  It just so happens that at times there are stories in the news that highlight what happens when people are overconfident and post dumb things online. Overconfidence has led to military and political defeats, huge professional sports upsets Continue Reading >

Social-Engineer in 2014

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I want to start off this newsletter with a thank you.  Five years ago when we started our little website, blog, newsletter and podcast we never knew it would turn into what it has today.  Recently, we have had some nice growth and for the last few months you have been enjoying some great newsletters Continue Reading >