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The 7 Best Social Engineering Attacks Ever

Seven reminders of why technology alone isn't enough to keep you secure.
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Target Third-Party Take-Down

In 2013, attackers lifted an unheard-of 40 million credit and debit cards from retail megachain Target's point-of-sale systems. Ferrara puts the breach in his top not just for the 'devastating' scope of the damage, but because it showed just how dangerous an unwary business partner can be.

Investigators suspect the attackers initially gained access to Target's network using credentials obtained from heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning subcontractor Fazio Mechanical Services via a phishing email that included the Citadel Trojan. 

Even if a retailer giant makes certain every one of its greeters is as well-trained in social engineering defense as they are in saying 'welcome to Target,' they aren't entirely safe from phishermen. Target served as a lesson to require better security from third-party contractors and to limit the network access those parties are provided.

(Image: 'target,' by Mike Mozart, via Flickr.)

Target Third-Party Take-Down

In 2013, attackers lifted an unheard-of 40 million credit and debit cards from retail megachain Target's point-of-sale systems. Ferrara puts the breach in his top not just for the "devastating" scope of the damage, but because it showed just how dangerous an unwary business partner can be.

Investigators suspect the attackers initially gained access to Target's network using credentials obtained from heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning subcontractor Fazio Mechanical Services via a phishing email that included the Citadel Trojan.

Even if a retailer giant makes certain every one of its greeters is as well-trained in social engineering defense as they are in saying "welcome to Target," they aren't entirely safe from phishermen. Target served as a lesson to require better security from third-party contractors and to limit the network access those parties are provided.

(Image: "target," by Mike Mozart, via Flickr.)

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CASVPN
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3/22/2019 | 7:36:16 AM
What is Social Engineering really?
I have been reading about the social engineering thing lately, I am getting lots of phishing emails lately and I wonder where I went wrong. May be someone has got a hold of my email. I have become more aware now and I literally check every link before even opening it.
Megan is Always Wright
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10/9/2017 | 11:15:58 AM
Re: What is Social Engineering really?
Social engineering is basically a technique that has long been used by humans even before the birth of the Internet. By using these techniques, the evildoers among us are able to win our trust, or more like fool us into sharing stuff that we shouldn't.

I also didnt understand what it was until i read this article (https://www.purevpn.com/blog/social-engineering-attacks/) which explained what it was and how to protect against it
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10/5/2017 | 8:03:33 AM
What is Social Engineering really?
I have been reading about the social engineering thing lately, I am getting lots of phishing emails lately and I wonder where I went wrong. May be someone has got a hold of my email. I have become more aware now and I literally check every link before even opening it.
baller188
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3/14/2017 | 6:00:19 AM
Forex security and vulnerabilities
Great post as always. Technology advances every day, new vulnerabilities arise all the time. Security is everyones main priority and rightly so. For any site owner nowadays you need a dedicated security team to make sure you and your customers are safe. Its a scary world out there.
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10/2/2015 | 4:56:47 AM
thank's for post
system security in any country is the future !
MichaelH91401
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10/1/2015 | 3:18:11 PM
Re: name required
The post refers to "Ferrara" repeatedly, but never describes who he is or what he does. 
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5/9/2015 | 9:41:21 AM
Social Engineering examples
Here's another example:

https://engineering.social/2015/05/02/sinkholing-script-kiddies/

It's not one of 'the best social engineering attacks' ever, but shows that anyone can be a target.

 

 
mithoon
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3/28/2015 | 2:37:41 AM
Re: name required
great post
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3/24/2015 | 7:21:23 AM
Confidence Man
The name of the "confidence man" was "William Thompson" and not "Samuel Williams". The article "Arrest of the Confidence Man" (New-York Herald, July 8, 1849) can be found online.
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3/19/2015 | 4:24:22 AM
Good examples
Great article!  Periodic User awareness training to reduce social engineering is of paramount importance.  Some phishing emails are so good that high trained security people can fall for them.  The examples in the article effectively demonstrate the issue.


The rule I use for my own emails is not click links in emails, including unsubscribe, unless the email is expected, such as one as confirmation during new account setup. Of course, never click on attachments either unless they are expected.  I have within Spyshelter (anti-keylogger) where I can save an attachment, right click the file and on the pop-up menu click 'Spyshelter-> Check it on VirusTotal'; it uploads to virustotal.com .   It's then scanned by over 50 antivirus software products. 

I think this rule is probably the most important security measure I use for computers at my home.
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