Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lame social engineering attempt I received this morning

Why not just be up front and say “Tell me everything about you so I can steal your identity?"  A refreshing break from the actually clever SE ploys of late.

From: Customer Service <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Sent: Tue, August 23, 2011 5:29:12 PM
Subject: Your Yahoo Accont Update

Y!MAILThis exercise is to confirm account in use to avoid shut down, We require you to reconfirm your account by completing the details below after hitting reply button. Ac count will be de-activated and erased from our database if no response in 72hrs.      

User Name: .............................. .............................. ...................

Password: .............................. .............................. ......................

Date Of Birth: .............................. .............................. .................

Country Or Territory:.................... .............................. ................

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Whois David?

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I have spent the better part of two decades in information technology and security, with roots in application developer support, system administration, and network security. My specialty is cyber threat intelligence - software vulnerabilities and patching, malware, social networking risks, etc. In particular, I strive to write about complex cyber topics in a way that can be understood by those outside the infosec industry.

Why do I do this? A common comment I get from friends and family is that complex security topics give them headaches. They want to know in simple terms how to stay safe in a connected world. Folks like me and my peers have chosen to make a profession out of hacking and defending. I've been doing this for the better part of two decades, and so have a high degree of knowledge in the field. Others have chosen different paths - paths where I would be lost. This is my effort to share my knowledge with those that are experts in something else.

When not in front of a digital screen, I spend my time raising five rambunctious teens and pre-teens - including two sets of twins. Our family enjoys archery, raising show and meat rabbits, and simply enjoying life in the Texas hill country.

For a decade I served as either Commander or a division leader for the Awana Club in Dripping Springs, Texas; while I have retired from that role I continue to have a passion for children's ministry. At the moment I teach 1st through 3rd grade Sunday School. Follow FBC Dripping Springs Kids to see what is going on in our children's ministries.