Social Engineering

Written by Richard Lowe

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Thanks for your immediate attention. YourISP security

When you visitrepparttar site it shows a username and password prompt. You enter your username and password, which sends you to an "incorrect password - try again" screen. You hitrepparttar 127571 "continue" button, which places you onrepparttar 127572 REAL ISP site. Now when you enter your username and password, you are, of course, logged in. You are greatly relieved to find that your account data has not been changed and think nothing else ofrepparttar 127573 issue. Of course, you just gave your username and password to a hacker!

And that's all that social engineering is about - gaining your trust, getting your vital data, and abusing that data.

How do you protect against this? Be aware that it exists and don't respond to these kind of things. If someone asks you for your password, then tell them to buzz off. Nobody needs to know your password for any reason. Let me repeat: DO NOT GIVE OUT YOUR PASSWORD TO ANYONE FOR ANY REASON. THERE IS NOT A VALID REASON FOR ANYONE TO NEED IT. Ifrepparttar 127574 person who asked really works where he says he works, then believe he, he can ALREADY get to your account. Why on earth would he be asking you for your username and password?

If you thinkrepparttar 127575 email or whatever might be accurate, then callrepparttar 127576 ISP or navigate to their site yourself (don't use anything fromrepparttar 127577 email or letter that your received - userepparttar 127578 menu's and screens provided byrepparttar 127579 ISP). For example, say you get a letter from your ISP saying to change your password immediately. It has a phone number and URL. Throwrepparttar 127580 letter away without reading either. Now, find your ISP phone number and URL yourself - perhaps in your browser help menu or inrepparttar 127581 manual or letter that arrived when you signed on. This bypasses anything that might be wrong inrepparttar 127582 letter or email that you received.

If you do suspect that you've received a social engineering attack, be sure that you notify your ISP, MIS department or whoever needs to know. The only way this kind of criminal can be caught is ifrepparttar 127583 crime is reported quickly and accurately.

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Nigerian Scam Warning

Written by Lynda Appell

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Here is an actual email that I believe is part of this terrible scam. I must assure you I did not answer this email. Telephone: 228084460

Dear Sir,

I am Akunor Rawlings, a cousin ofrepparttar former president ofrepparttar 127570 Federal Republic of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, and I also held an appointment during his 10yrs in office asrepparttar 127571 General Manager in charge of Ministry of Solid Mineral such as Gold, Diamond, Bauxites etc.

During this 10yrs tenure, I managed to secure a large quantity of Gold and Diamond secretly before he handed over power to his successor Mr. John Kuffour. When he took over power, information got to me thatrepparttar 127572 new president is aware of this large deposit of Gold and Diamond that is in my possession, and because of this, I have to look for a way to dispose it.

To this end, I contacted a friend of mine in a neighboring Country Federal Republic of Togo, who helped me to sellrepparttar 127573 Gold and Diamond for a total of $18.5Million (Eighteen Million, Five Hundred United States Dollars), which is now deposited in a security company in Lome, Togo.

Because of my relationship asrepparttar 127574 cousin ofrepparttar 127575 former president ofrepparttar 127576 Federal Republic of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, my Togolese friend suggested that we should move this entire fund Overseas to avoid being traced byrepparttar 127577 present Ghanaian president.

However, I am now asking you to be my partner in this transaction. Therefore, if you are interested, kindly contact me through my e-mail address or call me on my telephone number in Togo: 228084460 so that we can discuss onrepparttar 127578 modalities for a smooth transfer ofrepparttar 127579 entire fund into your nominated bank account Overseas.

For your participation, I will offer you 15% ofrepparttar 127580 entire fund but which is subject to negotiation.

Meanwhile, I am looking forward to hearing from you so as to plan onrepparttar 127581 next line of action to execute this mutual beneficial transaction.

Yours sincerely,

Akunor Rawlings.

Disabled disability activist for over twelve years for local greater Philadelphia, disability groups.

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