The Humorous Side to Info Gathering


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 […]

Social-Engineer in 2014


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 […]

Identity Theft and the Student


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.

The Release of the 2013 DEF CON 21 SECTF Report

default-featured-image today announced the release of the Social Engineer Capture the Flag Report, collecting data from the fifth Social Engineer Capture the Flag (SECTF) contest, held at DEF CON 21. During one of the most prominent and popular annual events at DEF CON, a pool of 10 men and 10 women, from diverse backgrounds and experience levels, […]

Winning at the SECTF


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 – […]

Washington Navy Yard Shooting and Social Engineering


There is nothing good about stories where people are killed in mass shooting, especially when there is no reason given for such atrocities. Today a man (maybe more than one) carrying an assault rifle, shotgun and handgun gained access into the Washington Navy Yard and killed 12 people, injuring many more. The news is doing […]

Social-Engineer and DEF CON 21


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 […]