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 […]

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, […]

Social Engineering the Classroom

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

The Humorous Side to Info Gathering

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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

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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 […]