Thursday, September 17, 2015

Security Experts Think That They Have Found An Attractive Girl On The Internet - Hilarity Ensues

We The Mighty - This white-hat hacker catfished a bunch of defense information security experts -

One day Thomas Ryan, who worked as a white-hat hacker and cyber security analyst, created an entire social media background and history for Robin Sage, an attractive 25-year-old girl who claimed to be a cyber threat analyst at the Naval Network Warfare Command in Norfolk, Virginia.
“Robin” had great credentials for a 25-year-old woman. She was a graduate of MIT with a decade of experience in cybersecurity, and she knew how to network very effectively.
Robin added 300 friends from places like military intelligence, defense contractors, and other security specialists. She also connected on LinkedIn with people working for a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and at the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. spy satellite agency. The most vital information was leaked through LinkedIn.
I like to think I would have picked up on  the discrepancies, but lets be honest, I am an old, fat, less than attractive, somewhat less than intelligent male.  I would have been on that like stink on shit. 

"Nuclear Launch Codes? Sure here ya go."  

OK, I'm joking I take security at work seriously, and if this woman just started chatting me up out of the blue the first thing I am thinking is yeah she is probably a scammer of some sort, but on the other hand if I look at her friends list and see a lot of names I recognize I admit my guard would go down. The most serious issue here is how much information "she" was able to glean from social media profiles.  I may need to go back and review a lot of  my accounts for potential exposures.

And yes I did realize this happened back in 2009 / 2010 but the article was just published today.

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