The awareness that has been raised is just amazing. There has been many stories written and podcasts discussing the contest and what the rules are. People are wondering and very curious about what it will entail. There has been numerous alerts issued from various agencies about the contest. I will post one of them below.
Even armed with this knowledge there are some things we must be aware of to avoid falling prey to a scam that can lead to identity theft. It is not private knowledge that 100 million surveys are being sent this week. You know it, I know it and all malicious scammers and social engineers know it too. Be aware of these attacks
The main objective was to compromise someone’s existing password which would provide ongoing opportunities to access all sorts of company systems in a stealth mode.
This exercise demonstrates what can be accomplished by an attacker, potentially an insider threat, in a very short period of time through non-technical means, mainly a telephone.