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4/6/2017
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Kelly Sheridan
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7 Ways Hackers Target Your Employees

One employee under reconnaissance by cyberattackers can put your whole business at risk. Where are they being targeted, and what should they know?
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Being friendly
Employees' tendency to trust strangers can put businesses in jeopardy. Oftentimes attackers can compel people to send information without identifying themselves. Either companies don't have a proper authentication procedure, or they don't use it.
'If you call up with a friendly voice and legitimate phone number, people don't ask and don't challenge because they feel like it's rude to ask someone to verify their identity or the legitimacy of the request,' Fincher explains. 'It's difficult to know if an attack is on the horizon.'
Hadnagy cites the example of hackers who call and pretend to be the IRS, a guise they use to claim the victim has a late tax bill and threaten arrest. Some claim to be Microsoft support staff and offer to stop malicious traffic. They scrape the target PC when granted remote access.
Good companies will give employees proper policies and guidelines so they have a 'way out' of seeming rude if they request further information. This gives them a reason to explain why they need to verify the caller and withhold corporate data until they do.
(Image: Pressmaster via Shutterstock)

Being friendly

Employees' tendency to trust strangers can put businesses in jeopardy. Oftentimes attackers can compel people to send information without identifying themselves. Either companies don't have a proper authentication procedure, or they dont use it.

"If you call up with a friendly voice and legitimate phone number, people don't ask and don't challenge because they feel like it's rude to ask someone to verify their identity or the legitimacy of the request," Fincher explains. "It's difficult to know if an attack is on the horizon."

Hadnagy cites the example of hackers who call and pretend to be the IRS, a guise they use to claim the victim has a late tax bill and threaten arrest. Some claim to be Microsoft support staff and offer to stop malicious traffic. They scrape the target PC when granted remote access.

Good companies will give employees proper policies and guidelines so they have a "way out" of seeming rude if they request further information. This gives them a reason to explain why they need to verify the caller and withhold corporate data until they do.

(Image: Pressmaster via Shutterstock)

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4/10/2017 | 3:30:30 AM
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Problem with linkedin is, we really need it... this is a total open door for hakers...
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4/7/2017 | 8:37:59 AM
"LinkedIn is one of the biggest sources of wealth for the bad guys,"
At SecureWorld Philadelphia, it was demonstrated that LinkedIn will typically catalog the individuals organization and software packages they are familiar with. This type of recon allows for the attacker to hone down the amount of exploits he or she will need to review when crafting a phishing attack.
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