DEF CON 25: The SEVillage Wrap-Up


It’s been 3 weeks (give and take a few days) since DEF CON 25. As a team we’ve been living on copious amounts of caffeine and DayQuil, working through our ConFlu. Now that the fevers have lowered we have finally put ourselves together enough to start reliving all the amazing moments we had at DEF […]

Researchers Use Sound Waves to control a Smartphone (seriously) and a Car (theoretically)


What does that Fitbit, that you are wearing on your wrist to track your steps, have in common with smartphones, automobiles, medical devices, anti-theft devices, and drones? Give up?…. micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometers. These little devices are being used in cell phones for step counters, user interface control, switching between portrait and landscape mode, […]

The Rise of Machine Learning and Social Engineering Attacks


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 […]

I Spy With My Little EyePyramid: Siblings Phish Italy


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, […]

Social Engineering the Classroom


There are those who loved school and those who, like Ferris Bueller, loved getting out of school. You really can’t get much more classic SE than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but where the movie focused on the power of manipulation and rapport to escape, SEORG is getting more and more reports of students focused on […]

Implicit Bias – Chances Are, You Have One


Here’s an oldie but goodie. A man and his son are in a serious car accident and both are taken to the emergency room, unconscious. The boy is wheeled immediately into surgery. The surgeon takes one look at him and says, “I can’t operate on this child, he’s my son.” Who is the surgeon?

The Social-Engineer Polygraph Challenge


Lots of questions have been coming in regards our DerbyCon Contest to be held at our Social-Engineer, Inc. sponsor booth.  So let me take a few moments to answer the questions and outline the competition. We wanted to have something fun, challenging and also unique.  Chris reached out to the National Institute of Polygraph Examiners and […]

The Social Engineering Infographic


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 […]