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Re: Social Engineering - information disclosing by phone
From: Lee Lawson <leejlawson () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 22:41:46 +0000


I wrote that SE example scenario for the framework and I supplied it purely for people to use as an example so they can go off and create their own for their tests. I have used it, well I wrote for a girl called Zoe who worked for me and it did illicit usernames and passwords from the target organisation.

The real point was to show the components of an SE attack:

* the infomation required
* the reason it is needed
* the reason why they should give it up

make up your own scenarios that are specific to your clients, that are imaginitive and realistic. Get the ground work done before you pick up the phone though, get phone lists, employee names etc. Be confident and persuasive without going down the line of threatening behaviour as they are your customers after all.

Good luck and post us your feedback on what worked and what didn't.

Lee J Lawson

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On 24 Dec 2008, at 20:34, "Taras P. Ivashchenko" <naplanetu () gmail com> wrote:

Hello, list!

What do you thing about such step of pentest as information disclosing by phone? Yes, of course everybody watched "Hackers" with Jolie and Miller and remember moment
when when some security officer told number of modem by telephone.
But it's cinema and what about real life?

In Penetration Testing Framework [1] we can read:


IT Department.
"Hi, it's Zoe from the helpdesk. I am doing a security audit of the network and I need to re-synchronise the Active Directory usernames and passwords.

This is so that your logon process in the morning receives no undue delays"

If you are calling from a mobile number, explain that the helpdesk has been
issued a mobile phone for 'on call' personnel.


Contact Details
- Name
- Phone number
- Email
- Room number
- Department
- Role

[1] http://www.vulnerabilityassessment.co.uk/Penetration Test.html

What in your opinion we can take (in pentest) from such method of S.E.?
Does anybody knows Mitnick here? Please, call him =)

Тарас Иващенко (Taras Ivashchenko), OSCP
"Software is like sex: it's better when it's free." - Linus Torvalds

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