Monthly Archives: October 2013

Are Americans really revolting?

Depending on where you are in the world the answer could be a simple yes… But, I’m thinking you may just be jumping to a conclusion here.  I’m not talking about the American accents (although there was this time I was stuck on a train just outside Lille on a...

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Cookies and Sidejacking

The birth of the cookie came to be when small amounts of cake batter were dropped onto baking pans to test the temperature of ovens before a large cake was baked – opps sorry wrong blog  Lou Montulli was the founder of the Web cookie whilst working for...

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Social Engineering – Baiting

Baiting…  OK, not the stuff you go to the local tackle shop and buy before you go fishing for the weekend…. or a piece of cheese in a mousetrap. Baiting involves dangling something you want, to entice you to take an action the hacker wants. It can be in...

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Cyber Security for the masses in the UK

Back in November 2011 the UK government unveiled it’s Cyber Security Strategy – aimed at protecting the UK’s infrastructure from the threat of on-line attacks. OK, a bit late to the game here but it seemed like the idea was sound enough.  It stated:- The Cyber Security Strategy on...

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Electronic – Based Social Engineering

So, having covered the ‘Human’ side of Social Engineering, let’s take a look at the electronic methods. The fist type, I guess the most obvious.. or is it?  Phishing/fake emails. If you’ve had an email account for more than five minutes, chances are you have the emails such as...

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Social Engineering – Not a plan by the 3rd Reich

So just what is meant by the term ‘Social Engineering’? In short, think of all those films and TV programs and the way scam/con artists get information from others by convincing them it’s in their best interest to give them the information they want. Unlike ‘hacking’, it targets people...

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Human-based Social Engineering

So, what are the pitfalls on the Human side of systems? In large companies/multi-nationals it’s the size of the company that works against itself.  Having, got information about the employees (see previous post), this can then be turned against the company by exploiting the trust, fear and helping nature...

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