[LINK] Banks and hacking

Jan Whitaker jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Thu Feb 21 09:25:57 EST 2008

 From one of my crime writing lists:

>In his book, "Art of Deception", infamous 'hacker' (to
>use the inaccurate media loved term) Kevin Mitnick
>described how he got into most of his databases. Not
>through computer networks,but by simply impersonating
>the person above the level he was talking to. Say he
>needed the access codes to a level of something. All
>he did was simply tell the clerk that he was say,
>Wally from IT and needed the codes to install the
>updates to the database. Yes, there was some intense
>computer knowledge required, but he admitted he
>charmed most of the info out of people in what is
>known as social engineering.

So, what sorts of training is happening in our financial institutions 
and other government bureaucracies where our personal information is 
stored to avoid this sort of scam?


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