There’s hacking, and then there’s hacking. Egypt’s coast guard discovered this when it stumbled on a fishing boat off the coast of Alexandria. This was no mere commercial boat — apparently, it was equipped with divers who were attempting to slice through an underwater Internet cable below the Mediterranean.
It’s unclear whether this was politically motivated, garden-variety illegal activity or something else. Rgardless, it’s a good reminder for telecoms and tech companies everywhere that security breaches can happen anywhere, at anytime, and in all manner of ways.
Companies like PhishMe, Trustwave Holdings and Digital Defense know that all too well. These ethical hackers are in the business of securing the gaping vulnerability that affects all companies and government branches — human behavior. Clients hire these consultants to test their employees by pranking them with everything from fake phishing attacks to unauthorized physical entries. (This isn’t all that different from home security consultants breaking into a client’s house to demonstrate its weaknesses and access points.)
The set-ups run the gamut: One day, it’s an email with a cute kitty that entices recipients to click links, another day it’s an email seemingly from the CEO, with a strange file attached. But it’s not all digital. The hired attackers may also load up USB drives and “accidentally” leave them in bathrooms, parking lots or other locations nearby. The draw? The thumb drives irresistibly boast the client’s name on them, a competitor’s logo or even stickers that say “confidential.”
And of course, there’s the lowest-tech tactic of all — physical security breaches. Ryan Jones of Trustwave Holdings even has a closet full of costumes that help him con his way into secure locations like data centers, warehouses, executive offices and other spaces. Sometimes a deliveryman or fire marshal get-up is enough to gain access. Other times, he has to pull out the big guns — a pair of crutches. Amazing how many people will unlock doors out of sympathy. Once inside, it’s child’s play for him to bug conference rooms and other areas.
Bold new technological era, meet old-school tactics. The industry may be hyper-focused on black-hat digital hacking and cybersecurity, but there’s little doubt that real-world baits, con games and undersea cable-cutting can still do the job rather effectively.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Tackle that document pile with a file folder or two
Getting organized can be a tall task, especially when it comes to paperwork. Enlist the help of file folders to fulfill your organizational needs, so important documents are easy to reference.