QOTD on Social Engineering


The thing [about social networking] that hasn't changed is the human factor. People are trusting of other people, especially if there is a request for help. One of the biggest things that worked for the Capture the Flag contest at Defcon was a contestant who said "Can you please help me with this?" Asking people for help, the human vulnerability, has not changed over the years [...] There is an inherent desire for people to help other people. There are trends of a positive nature, but they still get exploited. People are more security conscious today [...] The negative is we're so desensitized to certain attacks that we don't take notice to things that are occurring to us right under our nose.
-- Chris Hadnagy, Operations Manager for Offensive Security

Src: Social Engineering 101 (Q&A) | InSecurity Complex - CNET New

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