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Deception, influence, and social engineering in the world of cyber crime.

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    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings

Deception, influence, and social engineering in the world of cyber crime.

    Counterfeit coupons and paybacks. [Hacking Humans Goes to the Movies]

    Counterfeit coupons and paybacks. [Hacking Humans Goes to the Movies]

    Thanks for joining us again for another episode of fun project brought to you by the team of Hacking Humans, the CyberWire's social engineering podcast. Hacking Humans co-host Dave Bittner is joined by Rick Howard in this series where they view clips from their favorite movies and television shows with examples of the social engineering scams and schemes you hear Dave and co-host Joe Carrigan talk about on Hacking Humans. In this episode, Dave and Rick watch each of the selected scenes, describe the on-screen action for you, and then they deconstruct what they saw. Grab your bowl of popcorn and join us for some fantastic scams and frauds.
    Links to this episode's clips if you'd like to watch along:

    Dave's clip from the movie Queenpins.

    Rick's clip from the movie Confidence.

    • 23 min
    COBIT (noun) [Word Notes]

    COBIT (noun) [Word Notes]

    An IT governance framework developed by ISACA. 
    CyberWire Glossary link: https://thecyberwire.com/glossary/cobit
    Audio reference link: isacappc. “How Do You Explain Cobit to Your Dad – or Your CEO?” YouTube, YouTube, 24 Aug. 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYATVkddIyw. 

    • 6 min
    Ways to make fraud less lucrative.

    Ways to make fraud less lucrative.

    Brett Johnson, Chief Criminal Officer at Arkose Labs, sits down with Dave to discuss his history & ways to make fraud efforts less lucrative for bad actors. Dave and Joe share some listener follow up from Graham about one way that helps him stay safe against fake URLs. Dave's story is about bomb email attacks, in which someones email is spammed with hundreds to thousands of emails in hopes of hiding important information contained in one of the thousands of emails, perhaps from a financial institute. Joe's story is on how the FBI is warning the public to beware of tech support scammers and how they are targeting financial accounts using remote desktop software. Our catch of the day comes from listener Norman, who shares a story about how his Steam account got hijacked and how a hacker impersonating a Steam employee was trying to help him.
    Links to stories:

    New Registration Bomb Email Attack Distracts Victims of Financial Fraud

    FBI Warns Public to Beware of Tech Support Scammers Targeting Financial Accounts Using Remote Desktop Software

    Have a Catch of the Day you'd like to share? Email it to us at hackinghumans@thecyberwire.com or hit us up on Twitter.

    • 51 min
    Security Service Edge (SSE) (noun) [Word Notes]

    Security Service Edge (SSE) (noun) [Word Notes]

    A security architecture that incorporates the cloud shared responsibility model, a vendor provided security stack, and network peering with one or more of the big content providers and their associated fiber networks. 
    CyberWire Glossary link: https://thecyberwire.com/glossary/security-service-edge
    Audio reference link: Netskope (2022). What is Security Service Edge (SSE). YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9H84nvgBqw [Accessed 21 Oct. 2022].

    • 8 min
    New laws and the effect on small businesses.

    New laws and the effect on small businesses.

    Kurtis Minder, CEO of GroupSense joins Dave to discuss how ransomware new laws leave small business behind. Dave and Joe share some follow up on Elon Musk after his big purchase and the changes that now follow. Joe's story follows Kalamazoo County residents and a new scam that is popping up, where they are being targeted by scammers through Facebook messenger video calls. Dave shares a story that hits home for him about an email that his father received from Best Buy claiming that he will be charged $500 for Geek Squad services. Our catch of the day comes from an anonymous listener who writes in to share an email they received from a Mrs. Phong Dung, who wants to send 1 million to the person who received the email. The receiver knows this email is a fake and writes into the show to ask Joe and Dave if these emails ever actually work on anyone.
    Links to stories:
    Kalamazoo County residents targeted in Facebook messenger video call scam

    Have a Catch of the Day you'd like to share? Email it to us at hackinghumans@thecyberwire.com or hit us up on Twitter.

    • 50 min
    Domain spoofing (noun) [Word Notes]

    Domain spoofing (noun) [Word Notes]

    A social engineering tactic in which hackers build a malicious domain to mimic a legitimate one.
    CyberWire Glossary link: https://thecyberwire.com/glossary/domain-spoofing
    Audio reference link: “Mission Impossible Fallout - Hospital Scene.” YouTube, YouTube, 8 Oct. 2018,

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

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Entertaining, engaging, funny and at times hilarious, informative, witty, professional. I look forward to every episode.

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Irritating Giggling Host

Dave Bittner regularly interrupts content with annoying giggling. Spoils the otherwise good quality content.

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Just great overall

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