The hacker convinced the worker to change his mind by claiming to be under pressure to finish a report for a boss by that evening.
HACKERS at an infamous DefCon gathering are proving that old-fashioned smooth talk rivals slick software skills when it comes to pulling off attacks on computer networks.
A first-ever "social engineering'' contest challenges hackers to call workers at 10 companies including technology titans Google, Apple, Cisco, and Microsoft and get them to reveal too much information to strangers.
"Out of all the companies called, not one company shut us down,'' said Offensive Security operations manager Christopher Hadnagy, part of the social-engineer.org team behind the competition.
The team kept hackers within the boundaries of the law, but had them coax out enough information to show that workers would have unintentionally made it easier to attack networks. Workers that unknowingly ended up on calls with hackers ranged from a chief technical officer to IT support personnel and sales people.
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