Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Perimeter

3/17/2015
04:00 PM
Sara Peters
Sara Peters
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail

The 7 Best Social Engineering Attacks Ever

Seven reminders of why technology alone isn't enough to keep you secure.
8 of 9

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.)

8 of 9
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
CASVPN
50%
50%
CASVPN,
User Rank: Apprentice
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
50%
50%
Megan is Always Wright,
User Rank: Apprentice
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
nickhudson
50%
50%
nickhudson,
User Rank: Apprentice
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
100%
0%
baller188,
User Rank: Apprentice
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.
Sincee
50%
50%
Sincee,
User Rank: Strategist
10/2/2015 | 4:56:47 AM
thank's for post
system security in any country is the future !
MichaelH91401
50%
50%
MichaelH91401,
User Rank: Apprentice
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. 
AnonymousC493
50%
50%
AnonymousC493,
User Rank: Apprentice
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
0%
100%
mithoon,
User Rank: Apprentice
3/28/2015 | 2:37:41 AM
Re: name required
great post
delllphi
50%
50%
delllphi,
User Rank: Apprentice
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.
xmarksthespot
50%
50%
xmarksthespot,
User Rank: Strategist
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.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 9/17/2020
APT Groups Set Sights on Linux Targets: Inside the Trend
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  9/11/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world -- and enterprise computing -- on end. Here's a look at how cybersecurity teams are retrenching their defense strategies, rebuilding their teams, and selecting new technologies to stop the oncoming rise of online attacks.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-5605
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-18
Directory traversal vulnerability in WHR-G54S firmware 1.43 and earlier allows an attacker to access sensitive information such as setting values via unspecified vectors.
CVE-2020-5606
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-18
Cross-site scripting vulnerability in WHR-G54S firmware 1.43 and earlier allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary script via a specially crafted page.
CVE-2020-5628
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-18
UNIQLO App for Android versions 7.3.3 and earlier allows remote attackers to lead a user to access an arbitrary website via the vulnerable App. As a result, if the access destination is a malicious website, the user may fall victim to the social engineering attack.
CVE-2020-5629
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-18
UNIQLO App for Android versions 7.3.3 and earlier allows remote attackers to lead a user to access an arbitrary website via a malicious App created by the third party. As a result, if the access destination is a malicious website, the user may fall victim to the social engineering attack.
CVE-2020-25756
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-18
** DISPUTED ** A buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the mg_get_http_header function in Cesanta Mongoose 6.18 due to a lack of bounds checking. A crafted HTTP header can exploit this bug. NOTE: a committer has stated "this will not happen in practice."