Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Ethical Hackers" Train Employees by Duping Them

KittyGeoffrey Fowler writes in this morning's Wall Street Journal You Won't Believe How Adorable This Kitty Is! Click for More! Companies Hire 'Ethical Hackers' To Dupe Employees; Crutches as Props.  Here's an excerpt:

"Check out these kitties! :-)" read emails featuring the photo of a Turkish Angora cat with a purple mohawk, sent to nearly two million cubicle dwellers so far. It includes an attachment or link promising more feline photos. Those who click get a surprise: stern warnings from their tech departments.

The ... email is a simulated cyberattack. It is among the ploys companies are using to dupe employees into committing unsafe computing as a way to train them not to be so easily fooled.


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Cute, but deadly.

Posted by: JohnnyBoy | Mar 27, 2013 8:01:59 AM

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