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Unformatted text preview: sed to craf t a scam. It’s likely that a directo ry o f a f irm’s emplo yees, their titles, and o ther perso nal details is o nline right no w via so cial netwo rks like LinkedIn and Facebo o k. With just a f ew mo ments o f searching, a skilled co n artist can piece to gether a co nvincing and co mpelling sto ry. A Sampling of Methods Employed in Social Engineering Imperso nating senio r management, a current o r new end user needing help with access to systems, investigato rs, o r staf f (f ake unif o rms, badges) Identif ying a key individual by name o r title as a suppo sed f riend o r acquaintance Making claims with co nf idence and autho rity (“Of co urse I belo ng at this White Ho use dinner.”) Baiting so meo ne to add, deny, o r clarif y inf o rmatio n that can help an attacker Using harassment, guilt, o r intimidatio n Using an attractive individual to charm o thers into gaining inf o rmatio n, f avo rs, o r access Setting o f f a series o f f alse alarms that cause the victim to disable alarm systems Answering bo gus surveys (e.g., “Win a f ree trip to Hawaii—just answer three questio ns abo ut yo ur netwo rk.”) Data aggregato r Cho iceP o int so ld private inf o rmatio n to criminals who po sed as legitimate clients, co mpro mising the names, addresses, and So cial Security numbers o f so me 145,000 individuals. In this breach, no t a single co mputer was co mpro mised. Emplo yees were simply duped into turning data o ver to cro o ks. Gaf f es like that can be painf ul. Cho iceP o int paid $ 15 millio n in a settlement with the Federal Trade Co mmissio n, suf f ered custo mer lo ss, and ended up abando ning o nce lucrative businesses.G. Anthes, “The Grill: Security Guru Ira Winkler Takes the Ho t Seat,” Co mputerw o rld, July 28, 2008. Phishing Ph ish ing ref ers to co ns executed thro ugh techno lo gy. The go al o f phishing is to leverage the reputatio n o f a trusted f irm o r f riend to trick the victim into perf o rming an actio n o r revealing inf o rmatio n. The co ns are craf ty. Many have masqueraded as a security alert f ro m a bank o r eco mmerce site (“Our Web site has been co mpro mised, click to lo g in and reset yo ur passwo rd.”), a message f ro m an emplo yer, o r even a no tice f ro m the go vernment (“Click here to update needed inf o rmatio n to receive yo ur tax ref und transf er.”). So phisticated co n artists will lif t lo go s, mimic standard layo uts, and co py o f f icial language f ro m legitimate Web sites o r prio r e-mails. Gartner estimates that these so rts phishing attacks co st co nsumers $ 3.2 billio n in 2007.L. Avivah, “P hishing Attacks Escalate, Mo rph, and Cause Co nsiderable Damage,” Gartner, December 12, 2007. Other phishing attempts might dupe a user into unwittingly do wnlo ading dangero us so f tware (malware) that can do things like reco rd passwo rds and keystro kes, pro vide hackers with deeper access to yo ur co rpo rate netwo rk, o r enlist yo ur P C as part o f a bo tnet. One attempt masqueraded as a message f ro m a Facebo o k f riend, inviting the recipient to view a video . Victims clicking the link were then to ld they need to install an updated versio n o f the Ado be Flash plug-in to view the clip. The plug in was really a malware pro gram that gave phishers co ntro l o f the inf ected user’s co mputer.B. Krebs, “‘Ko o bf ace’ Wo rm Resurf aces o n Facebo o k, MySpace,” Washingto n P o st, March 2, 2009. Other attempts have po pulated P 2P netwo rks (peer-to -peer f ile distributio n systems such as BitTo rrent) with malware-installing f iles masquerading as video games o r o ther so f tware, mo vies, so ngs, and po rno graphy. So -called spear phishing attacks specif ically target a given o rganizatio n o r gro up o f users. In o ne incident, emplo yees o f a medical center received e-mails purpo rtedly f ro m the center itself , indicating that the recipient was being laid o f f and o f f ering a link to jo b co unseling reso urces. The link really o f f ered a so f tware paylo ad that reco rded and f o rwarded any keystro kes o n the victim’s P C.C. Garretso n, “Spam that Delivers a P ink Slip,” Netw o rkWo rld, No vember 1, 2006. And with this type o f phishing, the mo re yo u kno w abo ut a user, the mo re co nvincing it is to co n them. P hishers using pilf ered résumé inf o rmatio n f ro m Mo nster.co m craf ted targeted and perso nalized e-mails. The request, seemingly f ro m the jo b site, advised users to do wnlo ad the “Mo nster Jo b Seeker To o l”; this “to o l” installed malware that encrypted f iles o n the victim’s P C, leaving a ranso m no te demanding payment to liberate a victim’s hard disk.T. Wilso n, “Tro jan On Mo nster.co m Steals P erso nal Data,” Fo rbes, August 20, 2007. Don’t Take the Bait: Recognizing the “Phish Hooks” Web bro wser develo pers, e-mail pro viders, search engines, and o ther f irms are actively wo rking to curtail phishing attempts. Many f irms create blacklists that blo ck access to harmf ul We...
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