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 by our resident shrink, Michele Fincher.

Michele comes to us with a diverse and interesting background.  She was an Air Force Academy Professor, field trained therapist and is master at influence.  I will be sharing some stories this year of some of Michele’s exploits on the phone and in person.  Look out for some really great pictures too!

It also, comes as no surprise to you, that social engineering was a huge threat in 2013.  We saw so many companies, universities, hospitals, and banks compromised this past year, and many of those attacks involved social engineering.

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Identity Theft and the Student

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Think you’re safe because you’re an upstanding citizen and don’t engage in risky online behaviors? Think again. Two identity thieves recently attempted to cheat  over one hundred Emory University graduates after stealing their identities and obtaining loans using the stolen information.

Winning at the SECTF

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About a year or so ago when Social-Engineer ran a poll asking the public who they thought would be better as a Social-Engineer, this is how the public voted.  Women won hands down.  We set out to see if that was true with the first ever Men Vs Women SECTF at Def Con 20 – Continue Reading >

Social-Engineer and DEF CON 21

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Did anyone get the number of that Mack Truck that hit us? – Someone said Black Hat & DEF CON  was on the front grill…. Social-Engineer has again taken Vegas by storm and we know some of our readers couldn’t make it out there to be with us, so we wanted to take some time Continue Reading >

A Lesson From A Young Social Engineer

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A social engineer is someone who hacks people like hackers hack computers. Any child who has talked his parents into buying him his third Milky Way from the candy aisle is a social engineer like Frank Abagnale, Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio’s character from Catch Me If You Can.