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6 Reasons Hackers Would Want Energy Department Data
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PJS880
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2/15/2013 | 3:50:44 PM
re: 6 Reasons Hackers Would Want Energy Department Data
A large part of hacking is gathering information on the potential target, and I mean every piece of information counts for something and could potentially play a part in a successful hack. The more you know about an organization the better off you are for determining potential usernames, passwords, are usually associated with personal information or organizational information, so you can see how personal information could play a huge role in this. After gaining access to systemGs it does not matter exactly what information they are seeking, they will be able to pick and choose which data they want.

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treehousetim
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2/7/2013 | 9:15:53 PM
re: 6 Reasons Hackers Would Want Energy Department Data
Kevin Mitnick would tell you that simply having names and personal information for these people would make a penetration a million times easier. He recently tweeted, "When conducting penetration tests, our success rate is 100% if our team is allowed to use social engineering. Never failed once." https://twitter.com/kevinmitni...

A lot of recent data breaches / attacks have been downplayed since "nothing important or classified" was stolen. I think this perception is both ignorant and foolish.

Any private data that is divulged without permission or intent should be considered a possible gateway to future attacks.


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