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10/4/2019
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8 Ways Businesses Unknowingly Help Hackers

From lengthy email signatures to employees' social media posts, we look at the many ways organizations make it easier for attackers to break in.
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Out of Office: Watch What You Say
When asked about the most common ways companies make themselves vulnerable, Hadnagy first points to automatic replies, or out-of-office emails. Employees often include a precious amount of detail - enough for an intruder to take advantage, he says. 
An example: 'Hey, this is Chris, I'm away in Hawaii on my honeymoon. For project X, contact X person at X email address; for project Y, contact Y person at Y email address.'
In writing full names, project names, and contact details in an automatic reply, employees not only tell attackers where they are but other people they can target. With this information, someone could email another employee with the company and pretend to be working with Chris on a project, obtain sensitive data, or request a wire transfer.
'It's something people don't often think about when they're doing out-of-office,' Hadnagy says.
(Image: Robert Kneschke - stock.adobe.com)

Out of Office: Watch What You Say

When asked about the most common ways companies make themselves vulnerable, Hadnagy first points to automatic replies, or out-of-office emails. Employees often include a precious amount of detail enough for an intruder to take advantage, he says.

An example: "Hey, this is Chris, I'm away in Hawaii on my honeymoon. For project X, contact X person at X email address; for project Y, contact Y person at Y email address."

In writing full names, project names, and contact details in an automatic reply, employees not only tell attackers where they are but other people they can target. With this information, someone could email another employee with the company and pretend to be working with Chris on a project, obtain sensitive data, or request a wire transfer.

"It's something people don't often think about when they're doing out-of-office," Hadnagy says.

(Image: Robert Kneschke stock.adobe.com)

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