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Re: How to check an Executive's notebook
From: "Jay D. Dyson" <jdyson () treachery net>
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 08:43:36 -0700 (PDT)

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On Sat, 5 Aug 2006, itsec.info wrote:

I have a client who is a very high powered Executive and he asked me to check his notebook regarding security etc.

Actually this would be any easy task but he is not willing to hand over his notebook to me and I am not allowed to retrieve any data from it.

Sounds like part of your job is to determine how easy it is to steal his notebook. That's what I call a fun assignment.

In that arena, I prefer to get a notebook of identical appearance and disable it (disconnect its video strip; usually works best). Then have a co-conspirator do the swap while you distract the mark. The mark will think his notebook simply isn't working and not suspect a thing. Most importantly, he won't suspect you because you were right in front of him when his notebook took a powder.

Do this sort of thing about an hour before quitting time; on a Friday is best if he's not the type to cut out at 3 PM to go golfing. That'll leave you all evening (and possibly all weekend) to have an interesting time with the goods.

When you're done, swap the "broken" notebook out and replace it with the original. The mark shouldn't suspect a thing. Then scare the bejeezus out of the client when you present your report.

If the client should protest your methodology, point out that you did nothing that wouldn't have been done in any other garden-variety case of corporate espionage. Then deliver the Seven Beatings of Enlightenment.

The only idea I found so far is to re-direct the notebook's Internet traffic through a proxy and then I can examine this traffic and give him some advice.

That's good, too. Most Pointy-Haired Bosses (PHBs) think their e-mail is only read by the intended recipient. Same goes for their surfing. Lots of stories on that count, but I ain't goin' there today.

- -Jay

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