The Fools in Town are On Our Side

Posted on August 12th, 2014 by admin in Cyber War, Politics

Let’s begin with a sharp social observation by Mark Twain in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:

​”Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?”

Ross Thomas modified Twain’s pithy insight for the title of one of his spy novels. But for us, it explains how so much cybercrime can exist. How in the world do the crooks get initial access to target networks?

The way many cyber-crimes begin is with “social engineering”. This is a process  in which the criminal talks with people in a target organization to gain information to access the protected network and data of the organization. Most of these methods rely upon deception and simple asking to get information, but in some cases, physical violence may be used to extract information. Tom Clancy’s Threat Vector engagingly illustrates how this could be done (and given his history, probably is being done)!

Here is an excellent summary of social engineering techniques with suggestions about avoiding them. The site also links to several resources for more detail about avoiding social engineering exploits.

 

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