The Rise of Machine Learning and Social Engineering Attacks

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Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has been in the news a lot lately.  Some say that AI will take human jobs in the future; others tout its ability to simplify everyday tasks, some are embracing it for the ability to offer a quicker defense against cyber attacks, and Gartner predicts by 2020 we will interact more with […]

Not Your Average (G.I.) Joe

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Back in 2015 we reported on the possible vulnerabilities in the IoT web-connected Hello Barbie doll, and the possibility of privacy and security breaches from the cloud stored communications of children.  Two weeks ago Germany banned the interactive Cayla doll from stores and issued warnings to parents that had purchased it.  The Cayla doll was […]

I Spy With My Little EyePyramid: Siblings Phish Italy

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In recent news, Italian siblings 45-year-old Giulio Occhionero and his 47-year-old sister Francesca Maria Occhionero were arrested for having installed malware on a major bank president’s system, 2 former prime ministers, a sitting mayor, a former deputy governor of the Bank of Italy and thousands more. While many of the details are still being questioned, […]

The DEF CON 25 SECTF LAUNCH

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  We know it’s only February, but it’s time to start thinking about DEF CON 25 and the Social Engineer Capture the Flag competition (SECTF for those of you in the know).  The SECTF is your chance to publicly schmooze, vish, elicit, smooth-talk, and social engineer in front of an eager audience of peers for […]

Your Appliances Are On The Attack

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Friday, October 21st was a rough day for many on the internet. This was the day a massive DDoS attack took place against Dyn DNS; taking sites like Twitter, Amazon, New York Times, and many others off line.  With our favorite social media tools down OSINT was slim, so we had to find other ways […]

Spear phishing attacks breach Podesta, Powell, and the DNC

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  Recent headlines have thrown social engineering tactics back into the spotlight and with the election, it’s no wonder that the candidates are the primary targets of attacks. In recent months Robert Podesta, Colin Powell and the Democratic National Convention have had emails dumped to WikiLeaks by persons unknown. While many of these are attributed […]

The SECTF DEF CON 24 Report Release

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For those of you that were there you know this was one of the best years for SEVillage.  Months of pain staking work, drudging through data and now we are ready to release the SECTF report upon the world. This report is FREE to download.  If you want to be in contact with us or […]

DEF CON 24 SECTF Results Webinar

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Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Time: 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET Duration: 1.5 hours Presenters: Chris Hadnagy, Chief Human Hacker and Michele Fincher, Chief Influencing Agent, Social-Engineer, LLC Registration: click here The Social Engineering Capture the Flag (SECTF) Competition, presented by Social-Engineer LLC, is held annually at the DEF CON hacking conference to generate awareness […]