Trapping Hackers Via BEC Attacks, Email Spoofing

Dell SecureWorks Researchers: 'Reflective' Social Engineering Fools Cybercriminals
Trapping Hackers Via BEC Attacks, Email Spoofing
Joe Stewart and James Bettke, Dell Secureworks

Fooling hackers into giving up traceable information about themselves through "reflective" social engineering is helping researchers curb fraud losses and protect would-be victims, say Dell SecureWorks researchers Joe Stewart and James Bettke.

In this audio interview at RSA Conference 2017, Stewart and Bettke discuss how:

  • Business email compromise and spoofing attacks have helped researchers track cybercriminals;
  • Nigerian hackers have increasingly honed and improved their social engineering and hacking skills while the industry has paid more attention to Russian hackers; and
  • Open-source "reflective" social engineering tools shared among researchers are helping to shore up security for all industries and businesses.

At Dell SecureWorks, Stewart and Bettke are both cybersecurity researchers. Stewart is an expert on malware and Internet threats and is a frequent commentator on security issues.

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