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Violating Trust: Social Engineering Past and Present - Paul Blonsky Converge 2016 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Violating Trust: Social Engineering Past and Present
Paul Blonsky

Before the Internet, con men used social engineering to get what they wanted. The playing field may have changed, but trust - and violating it - are still the tools of the trade for con men, frausters and hackers. This talk focuses on the basics of practical deception in the field.

I am a security consultant in the financial industry and run a physical penetration testing program. I train testers and lead teams in the field. I am fascinated by the long history of con artists and tricksters who used the human propensity to trust for their gain. In my professional role I use social engineering to test security controls and help organizations train their employees to resist common social engineering tactics.



Before the Internet, con men used social engineering to get what they wanted. The playing field may have changed, but trust - and violating it - are still the tools of the trade for con men, frausters and hackers. This talk focuses on the basics of practical deception in the field.

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