Avoiding Social Engineering Attacks to Prevent Financial Fraud
2024-7-10 20:30:46 Author: securityboulevard.com(查看原文) 阅读量:6 收藏

Social engineering attacks are a cybersecurity threat. These attacks, which involve manipulating individuals into divulging confidential information, have been on the rise and pose a substantial risk to businesses, particularly for financial fraud.

Social engineering attacks are cyber attacks where malicious actors deceive individuals into revealing sensitive data. The attackers often impersonate trustworthy entities, such as a bank or a colleague, to trick the victims into disclosing their information.

Recent Social Engineering Attacks on High-Profile & High-Access Targets

To articulate how dangerous these attacks can be for executives, let’s look at a few real-world examples.

In 2020, Twitter fell victim to a notorious hack where the attackers manipulated Twitter employees into providing access to internal tools. The hackers then took over the accounts of high-profile individuals, including Joe Biden, Elon Musk, and Kanye West, and attempted to defraud their followers by soliciting Bitcoin transfers.

Another notable case involved a Lithuanian national, Evaldas Rimasauskas, who defrauded Google and Facebook of over $100 million. Rimasauskas established a counterfeit company, impersonating a computer manufacturer that had business relations with Google and Facebook. He then sent phishing emails to specific employees at Google and Facebook, invoicing them for legitimate goods and services provided by the actual manufacturer, but directing the payments to his fraudulent accounts.

Common Social Engineering Targets: Senior Officials & Executives

Senior officials, executives, and high-access employees are often the primary targets of orchestrated social engineering attacks. This occurs for a variety of reasons, due to executives’ unique assets and privileges, including: 

  • Access to Sensitive Information: These individuals often have access to critical and confidential company information. This can include financial records, strategic plans, personal employee data, and proprietary technology. Gaining access to such information can be extremely valuable for competitors, criminals, or other malicious actors.
  • Control Over Systems and Networks: Executives and high-access employees typically have elevated permissions within company IT systems, sometimes even above the level of regular IT staff. This can include access to administrator email systems, networks, and critical infrastructure. Such access is a goldmine for attackers looking to embed malware deep within systems, or to facilitate widespread data breaches.
  • Public Profile: Executives and senior officials often have a higher public profile, making it easier for attackers to gather personal and professional information about them. This information can then be used to tailor attacks, making fraudulent requests appear more credible.

Because of these factors, these high-profile individuals not only represent valuable targets themselves, but also serve as entry points through which broader network access can be gained, amplifying the potential damage from an attack.

How Can You Protect Yourself from Social Engineering? | A Checklist for Executives

Given the potential damage caused by these attacks, it is crucial to implement measures to prevent them. Here are some recommended steps:

  1. Employee Training: Regular security awareness training can equip employees with the knowledge to recognize and avoid social engineering attacks.
  2. Implement Security Policies: Clear policies can guide employees in handling sensitive information and responding to suspicious requests.
  3. Use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): MFA provides an additional layer of security by requiring users to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource.
  4. Keep Software and Systems Up to Date: Regular updates to software and systems can protect against the latest known threats.
  5. Be Wary of Suspicious Requests: Always verify requests for information, especially if they are unexpected or urgent.

The key to preventing social engineering attacks lies in awareness and vigilance. By understanding these attacks and taking proactive steps to prevent them, we can create a safer digital environment for all. Stay vigilant and stay safe.

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from BlackCloak | Protect Your Digital Life™ authored by Ingrid Gliottone. Read the original post at: https://blackcloak.io/avoiding-social-engineering-attacks-to-prevent-financial-fraud/

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