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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Social Engineering is alive and well

When someone requests to be your friend or colleague on Facebook, Linkedin, or any other social networking site you may want to double check who they are and how they know you.

A red team hacker, Thomas Ryan, created a false profile named “Robin Sage” and started building a pool of friends and associates that is really impressive. It included people in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIO of the NSA, an intelligence director for the U.S. Marines, a chief of staff for the U.S. House of Representatives, and several Pentagon and DoD employees. The profiles also attracted defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Through these connections he was able to get information from his sources that included troop location and other sensitive information.

Thomas Ryan will be presenting at Black Hat USA this year.

posted by holliday at 10:08 am  

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