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Re: Social Engineering
From: "Gaddis, Jeremy L." <jeremy () linuxwiz net>
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2006 19:09:06 -0500

coder wrote:
I am currently planning on writting a thesis on social engineering, I have
been fascinated with this subject since I watched Hackers 2/Takedown and
read Kevin Mitnick's book.

Now before I fully take on this idea, what products currently exist to
minimize/prevent social engineering? If anyone saw Hackers 2/Takedown,
Tsutomu Shimomura used a program that could tell him if the person on the
phone actually exists in a company, does this sort of software exist?

What products exist?  User education.

Some companies, such as the .edu I work for, do employ directories where the general public can perform a look up of directory information for an individual (in our case, it's full name, title, location, phone number, and e-mail). In such cases, one could perform these queries, however it's uncommon for directories to exist (publicly) at most organizations.


Jeremy L. Gaddis, GCWN, Linux+, Network+
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