Socially Engineered Phishing and hacking attempts on the rise.
It’s strange how things happen in waves. One week I’ll have a run of bad hard drives and the next it will be thermal problems (as is the case with this week). Just yesterday I saw a post by TrendMicro (http://blog.trendmicro.com/happy-10th-birthday-anna/) about social engineering. Then today I encounter one of the best I have ever seen. Good enough that it almost fooled me. It was a quiz on Facebook and it was sent through the chat console. While I was in the process of researching the problem Facebook took it down. It wasn’t your normal “OMG I can’t believe this is you!” post that we have all learned to ignore. This was a post that asked you to take a quiz and respond with the core. If you strike up a conversation related to the post it actually answers you with somewhat intelligent replies. Take a look at the transcript below and see what you think.
(Friend) hey Billy, hope you had a great valentine’s day!!
(Me) I did it was awesome!
(Friend) I want you to try something real quick
(Friend) okay Billy, try this quiz and tell me what you get.. i can’t get over like a 107, its ridiculous (Link Removed),billy got like a 112 and I’ve been trying to beat them!!
(Me) one sec, customer
(Friend) let me know what ya score plz
(Me) link no longer works, if it’s a virus let me know and I can help
(Friend) Ok I was hacked. I changed password and stuff
(Me) I thought so, one of the best I have ever seen. Impressive
(Friend) Ooh really? Ugh stupid.