In short, he got all sorts of information that could be used in a hacker attack. How? A bit of research and an ability to spin a few lies over the phone.
As security systems get increasingly difficult to crack, hackers are turning toward a new source of information: people.
Hackers have always utilized people or social engineering.
Chris Hadnagy, who organizes the Def Con contest, said social engineering is a “hardly discussed, trained or defended against” threat.
“Social engineering is the easiest and most widely used way to infiltrate companies,” Hadnagy said.