Truth 11 Social engineering tactics

People often ask me how hard it is to hack a password. In reality, it is rare that I ever need to hack someone’s password. Though there are numerous ways to gain passwords on a network and hundreds, if not thousands, of tools available to crack encrypted passwords, in the end I have found that it is far easier to simply ask for them.

A perfect example of this type of attack was a medium-sized bank that I was testing recently. The bank’s concern was related to the new virtual private network (VPN) capabilities it had rolled out to a number of its staff. The VPN allowed staff to connect directly to their secured network while at home or on the road. There is no doubt that a VPN can increase productivity, but ...

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