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RE: Penetration Testing - Human Factor
From: "Arian J. Evans" <arian.evans () anachronic com>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 23:46:01 -0500

I've seen nothing quantifiable.

FWIW - every forensic engagement I have done of "true"
hacking has had nothing to do with social engineering,
and was entirely technical. Most appeared to be performed
by SKiddies, but at least one was very subtle, and was
performed by someone with real skill.

I do see a biased sample though, since people do not
generally come to me after they've been socially
engineered, unless it's a girl I've dated.

Your first statement does raise the question though
about how does a skeptic conclude something before
they gather evidence?

Arian J. Evans

-----Original Message-----
From: Marios A. Spinthiras [mailto:mario () netway com cy] 
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 1:20 AM
To: pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: Penetration Testing - Human Factor

As a thorough sceptic Id like to conclude in most cases of a 
TRUE hacking 
incident social engineering has been a factor of success for 
the malicious 
user attacking a system.
    For quite a while now I have been compiling methodology on the 
assessment of the weak human security link which can be 
exploited through 
social engineering. Has anyone got any thoughts they would 
like to share or 
guidelines to the audit of the human factor when security is 
concerned?

Any information is much apreciated.


Many Thanks,
Mario A. Spinthiras 


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