Social engineering is the act of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information.

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Router connected to my ethernet [duplicate]

I'm guessing that someone is bringing his router to provide wifi to his coworkers, by connecting it to a certain point on one of the 8 floors of my building, how can I know where is connected?
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Rating social engineering threats in a penetration test report

Does anybody have advice on how to deal with social engineering in the context of writing up a penetration test report? How do you assign a rating to social engineering? Obviously if you can convince ...
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Social engineering attacks terminology

Let's suppose that a hacker send an email containing a Word document with a malicious macro to a sysadmin. Does this attack fall under the category of spear phishing?
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Theoretically, what are the best “reverse social engineering” methods for your password, and how good would they be?

I just saw this SMBC comic: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3955 I realize that this is not actually "reverse social engineering" as typical usage of the term. However, I'm wondering in ...
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Is there any benefit to re-verifying someones identity on the phone once transferred?

So this example is quite specific. You call up an organisation and they verify your identity using two pieces of information (eg; date of birth, last payment date, mothers maiden name). But then once ...
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Is there an effective social engineering employee awareness program?

Social engineering is cited as one of the primary threat vectors (see for example at: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Fixing-the-1-Problem-in-2e58ac4a). Employee awareness training is also ...
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After getting doxxed, how can one protect personally identifiable information?

Doxing (publicly releasing private information about an individual, to make it easier to harass them) is becoming an increasingly popular tactic not just for hackivists and Anonymous, but also for ...
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How to recover/log attempted passwords from a failed login [closed]

I saw the following question before: Is it legal to log passwords from failed logins? I think it raises another question: How do I log failed attempted passwords? That seems very useful when I need ...
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Can someone put you in jail if you are only 13 and you were chatting online? [closed]

I was chatting online with a guy. First, he was being nice, but later he became mean. He said that he would put me in jail for going on a site. I did not break the law or did anything, just chat, a ...
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Incident Response - Which logs are of most interest following a social engineered remote desktop attack

Unfortunately, someone in my family fell for a phone scam after data was leaked from TalkTalk. As a result, they allowed remote access to two computers and transferred money from their bank account to ...
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New social engineering tactic that uses printer serial numbers?

We have been getting a new kind of scammer-esque call every couple weeks here at the office (I work at an enterprise web application development company). Basically, the flow of events is this: ...
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deliver a malicious payload via a cloned website

I've been tasked with conducting an internal pentest, I'm relatively new to this so please bare with me. Some time ago, I used setoolkit and I would have the option to clone a website and attach a ...
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When do honest people need privacy or anonymity? (e.g. they have nothing to hide) [closed]

I'm having a discussion with someone who thinks they don't need technical measures of privacy or anonymity. Common arguments against needing to care about privacy or anonymity include: Everything ...
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SEToolkit: havester not capturing credentials

I am using the Setoolkit on Ubuntu. I am testing it by cloning Facebook and logging myself in locally to see if I capture my own credentials. However,no POSTS are written to the harvester text file ...
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Do large online software companies limit employee access to company information?

I've been wondering about how large online software companies, specifically those based around a single massive product, like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, etc. handle the risk of terminated employees. Any ...
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Spear phishing data set

Are there any existing data sets of spear phishing emails available? I've found a bunch of data sets of phishing emails, but that's not what I'm looking for. I'm not looking for mass phishing ...
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Custom Metasploit payload with UAC bypass

The machine I am attacking has anti-virus installed. I have managed to use Veil Framework in order to create an initial reverse shell payload that is undetected by the AV. However, UAC is enabled on ...
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How to distinguish between a scam and a genuine call?

My bank called me the other day and the person who spoke to me failed to give me a single evidence that he is calling from my bank. The bank number is hidden just like many other companies maybe ...
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What are the implications of using OAUTH? Do the positives outweigh the negatives? [closed]

OAUTH seems like a pretty good idea when it comes to helping people authenticate, cuts down on the # of passwords to remember and in general eases the friction of on-boarding. However it would mean ...
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What could be the possible exploit for android adware vulnerability?

I have read about the adware vulnerability here. An adware is a software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material like banners or pop-ups when a user is online. I have seen many ...
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Could a fake tip that my server is compromised be a social engineering attack?

A little while ago I got the following email from an unknown party (using an @alum.cs.[redacted].edu email address): I'm seeing attack traffic from your Linode. Just a friendly heads up that its ...
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Is there a Standard Verification process for Certificate Authorities to follow?

So the premise of the question is to quantify the risk of wild card certificates versus regular certificates. From my research the greatest fundamental danger of wild card certificates is the ...
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SET tool autopwn website type penetration [closed]

I tried to hack my second computer and phone in my local network. I am not very experienced so instead of picking the particular options and payloads i just pressed autopwn to use them all instantly. ...
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Are in-store computers a security risk?

In many "big box" stores like Walmart, Home Depot, etc. I see many store computers just sitting empty. A black hat could install a payload on one of these computers, and potentially wreak havoc on the ...
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Having Trouble using SET in Kali

I'm trying to setup a website attack vector and I get in error when it tries to load up metasploit. Here's a look at my whole process: Select from the menu: 1) Spear-Phishing Attack Vectors ...
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Can an HTTPS site be malicious or unsafe?

I know it's possible for a computer to be infected just by visiting a website. I also know that HTTPS websites are secure. To my understanding, "secure" here refers to "immune to MITM attacks", but ...
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should I give the csrf token a descriptive name?

Personally I want to call the element _DO_NOT_give_this_security_thingy_to_anybody_ever. An example scenario is some clever social engineers want the user to run a malicious "add a friend" and find ...
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How can I mitigate attacks that rely on poisoned data as a developer?

A few years ago, there was a high-profile attack on a Wired editor, where the hackers added a credit card to the target's amazon account, then used that self-added credit card to gain access to the ...
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Is “user education” actually doable?

I was going to ask about how to educate users, but now that I think about it, I first want to know if it's actually possible to do effectively at all. Are there any amazing success (or horrible ...
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Social Engineering and Police Officers

The Story: Yesterday at 12pm a neighbor of mine was pulling into his driveway, and saw that his van's back-window was shattered. Well, this neighbor and I have had some trouble with each other in the ...
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Voicemail PIN reset - what is a DDN? [closed]

Here is a recording of Glenn Mulcaire using social engineering to reset the PINs to voice mailboxes to which he did not have authorised access. (At least, that's my understanding.) He appears to say ...
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Malicious capabilities of Social Botnets

A fairly new concept in Malware, especially in the case of botnets, is the emergence of social botnets. These botnets are comprised of accounts (either a newly created account or an existing hijacked ...
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Reverse SE: Technology or Human based?

In Reverse Social Engineering the hacker deliberately sabotages a network, causing a problem to arise. That hacker then advertises that he is the appropriate contact to fix the problem, and when he or ...
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Is this social engineering on facebook?

Today, I received a mail from fb saying that two of my friends have mentioned me in a comment. When I opened fb to see that comment, it was filled with random names (which obviously were their ...
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What to put in outer volume of encrypted volume? [closed]

TrueCrypt offers the ability to have a hidden volume. What should go in the outer volume that would be revealed to an adversary? It's actually pretty tricky: you'd have to convince the adversary it ...
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How do big companies ensure that other people don't register a new top level domain with their name?

For example today there are ".codes", ".farm" and ".vaijes" newly available. How do big companies like google, facebook, twitter, .. keep sure that they are the first who register their name on the ...
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Is Google Drive security compromised?

Today when I visited drive.google.com, I was auto-directed to http://drive.googe.com/router.php After clicking on "Exit Now" on that page I was redirected to ...
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Backdoor file with custom payload

Is there a way in metasploit to add a custom exe/script as payload to a file (exe/pdf/doxc)? I'm asking this in the context of a SE media dropping scenario, where a file when executed, sends data to ...
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EICAR alternative for IDS/IPS

Is there a way to trigger alarms in an Intrusion Detection System with something similar to the EICAR test virus? Maybe some special packet that is harmless to the environement, but will trigger IDS? ...
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Detect blocked reverse shell

I am wondering if there is a way to detect if a reverse shell is blocked by egress filtering or an obligatory proxy, or the exploit just failed. I am asking this question in the context of a SE media ...
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Impersonating Law Enforcement

Obviously impersonating a law enforcement officer on an engagement is illegal but badguys don't care about the law. If a company wanted to allow impersonating LE and have it in clear writing in the ...
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Using unique email address for online signups?

After reading the recent social engineering of a user's twitter handle, I started thinking about ways to improve my own online security. We can only do so much too protect ourselves because at the ...
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Contact person by phone, when their phone might have malware

I have a problem setting where I want to contact a user by phone, and where I need to protect the integrity of the phone call as much as possible. I'm wondering about how to design the interaction in ...
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Should police departments recommend the securit.leadsonline.com website as a secure place to store information about our valuables?

This is kind of a social engineering question -- my local law enforcement agency sent out this email today: Help us by keeping identifying information about your valuables safe and accessible – ...
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Has there been any documented cases where hackers have hijacked the phone number to a business?

Has there been any cases where hackers have taken over the phone number to a business, by creating a phone number in the same area code, setting up a virtual PBX / Asterisk system, routing all calls ...
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How do I educate others about social engineering?

One of my friends used to boast about how long his passwords are. One day, I decided to play a prank and social-engineered it out of him. I was pretty surprised as to how effortless the entire ...
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Associate guest orders with account if email matches?

A web shop allows orders from guests. When checking out, the guest has to provide an email address (in addition to shipping address and payment data). When this email address is already in use by a ...
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List of social engineering hacks and defenses [closed]

Sorry if this question is absolutely stupid or irrelevant, but I can't help but ask. I am just curious about different approaches hackers take in social engineering attacks, and clever examples of ...
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How to detect social engineering attack?

How can I understand if I am being targeted by a grey hat social engineer? And if I fail, what approaches exist to detect social engineering attacks being in progress within an organisation?
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Ways to obfuscate web browsing habits [duplicate]

Web browsing metadata provides a lot of insight on person's habits. How can I reduce that insight? Is there something like "Detachment 2702" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptonomicon) plugin for ...