[ILUG] "Virus" scanning on Linux
davisc at skynet.ie
Wed Jun 11 22:43:31 IST 2008
Timothy Murphy wrote:
> But now I google for it I see it is in common use
> among ILUG-like people for what oldsters like me call "con artists".
And the people taken in by most of it are "retards"
> I was wondering only today when I got a request for my password
> from supportz at eircom.net why "social engineers" are so often illiterate.
> But now I am told the engineering connection ..
It's so the people on the other end more that are most predisposed to
falling for it feel more at ease because it's a language they understand.
On a serious note, I worked IT support during summers in secondary
school. Despite the pride the management held the security of the
network, I always figured I could ring up anyone in the company months
after I left and say something like "Hi, I'm Dave from IT. We're having
some problems with logons in your building. Could you give me your
username and password so I can solve the problem?" Never tried it but I
doubt there would ever be a problem.
I've also had some smart people come to me about some scams. They tend
to be some unscrupulous company abusing people's ignorance on how
hosting, DNS and the likes works - such as Domain Registry of America
claiming you need to renew your domain with them. I suppose you could
claim they earned the smart tag by asking someone who knew about it
instead of blindly handing over their credit card info...
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