Tag Archives: Social Engineering

Cyber Security and Social Engineering: A Big Low Tech Problem

Headline-grabbing cyber hacks of email accounts belonging to celebrities, corporations, government officials and political campaigns are becoming the norm.  Cybersecurity intended to guard against these acts brings to mind high tech computer hardware and software fixes delivered by knowledgeable IT professionals, who are expected to prevent network intrusions, stolen passwords, viruses, ransomware attacks and other hacks. But the most recent notable cyber hacks were not caused by high tech espionage.  Rather, they were the product of low tech social engineering – the use of deception to manipulate users into divulging confidential passwords and other personal information.  This kind of hack …

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Erin Andrews Jury Sends Hoteliers a $55 Million Dollar Reality Check

“Privacy law” continues to evolve in the face of ever-advancing technology. Legislative bodies, administrative agencies, courts, tech companies, and a host of other interests are working to innovate, keep pace with, or catch up. Even the First Amendment, which has been interpreted by courts, lawyers, and scholars for hundreds of years, and, which stands as a counter-balance to the right of privacy, is being tested in new ways. But the recent trial involving Erin Andrews highlights that, sometimes, privacy issues are simple, and businesses need to implement common sense policies or face potentially costly outcomes. A Nashville jury recently handed …

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Social Engineering & Breaking Bad: Exploiting Social Weaknesses of Cybersecurity

In September 2013, viewers across the world watched the 62nd and final episode of the hit AMC show Breaking Bad, a show about a chemistry teacher, Walter White, who becomes a methamphetamine kingpin after learning that he has cancer. What people may not have realized is that in this final episode, Walter employed a technique commonly used by cybercriminals, known as Social Engineering, and the show offered a very realistic illustration of a threat regarding which all businesses and individuals should be aware.