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 Steve Stasiukonis

Profile of Steve Stasiukonis

News & Commentary Posts: 10
Steve serves as president of Secure Network, focusing on penetration testing, information security risk assessments, incident response and digital investigations. Steve has worked in the field of information security since 1997. As a part of that experience, Steve is an expert in social engineering and has demonstrated actual social engineering efforts involving pretexting, phishing and physically financial institutions, data centers and other highly secure operations and facilities. Steve has contributed to Dark Reading since 2006.
Articles by Steve Stasiukonis

Security's Top 4 Social Engineers Of All Time

5/26/2010
My team here at Secure Network was recently discussing who we considered the best social engineers of all time. My colleagues and I each made a list and defended our candidates based on the creativity, innovation, and the public impact they had made. Here are our final top four social engineers from number four to number one, and why we chose them.

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When Social Engineering Tests Fail

5/18/2010
Our company, Secure Network, has performed numerous security assessments and penetration tests, many of which involved social engineering. That's when we test our clients' employees to see if they adhere to security policies. Even with all of the planning that goes on beforehand, these engagements sometimes can go wrong.

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Using Facebook To Social-Engineer A Business

12/10/2009
My firm was recently asked to compromise a company's network infrastructure using intelligence available from the Internet. The client's CIO was worried that social networking sites provided too much information about its employees and the company, so we discussed the possibility of using information gained from social networking sites to social-engineer our way into the customer's facility and, ultimately, into its network.

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Hacking A Board Meeting

9/14/2009
A client recently asked us to gain access to its facility and attend a meeting of the board and executive management. Here at Secure Network we've been asked to gain access to numerous networks via social engineering techniques, but this job seemed rather unachievable at first. Turns out it was easier than we expected.

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'Kramer' Is In The Building

5/15/2009
My firm, Secure Network Technologies, was recently hired by a large healthcare provider to perform a security assessment. As part of the job, my partner, Bob Clary, posed as an employee, similar to the "Seinfeld" episode in which Kramer shows up and works at a company where he was never actually hired.

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People-Hacking

1/6/2009
My firm was recently hired to perform a network assessment for a fairly large bank. The emphasis on this engagement was circumventing physical controls and gaining access to the bank's internal network infrastructure. As with most financial institutions, we were asked to compromise remote locations (bank branches) and then make an attempt on the main office.

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CVE-2017-0290
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

CVE-2016-10369
Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

CVE-2016-8202
Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

CVE-2016-8209
Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

CVE-2017-0890
Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.