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How Fraudsters Could Hack Audio Recordings to Conduct Social Engineering Attacks


Back in the spring of 2015, I wrote about five types of social engineering attacks against which users should protect themselves. One of the techniques I discussed is called pretexting. It’s when an attacker creates a pretext, or a fabricated scenario, to trick a target.

Attackers will assume any pretense to achieve their nefarious ends. Some of their shams can be quite complicated. Take business email compromise (BEC) scams, otherwise known as CEO fraud. For an attacker to set up this pretext, they must hack a business executive’s email account. Attackers will usually pull off this preliminary step by subjecting a target to a whaling attack.

If the attack proves successful, they can leverage their target’s email to impersonate the executive, contact the HR department, and request employees W-2 forms and other personally identifiable information. Alternatively, they can contact someone in finance and request that they make a fraudulent wire transfer to an account under...(continued)

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