||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 8 -
Phishing for Identity
The best protection is common sense and a
telephone. For starters do not click on any such link from within
an e-mail message regardless of how realistic it appears. If going
to the company’s website is the objective, then open a separate
browser window and type in the URL manually. If the message is
purportedly from a bank with which the individual normally does
business, take out the credit card or most recent financial
statement and call the number found there. American Express,
Citibank and US Bank are all common targets in this type of scam.
Do NOT call any number found in the e-mail message. Once the
legitimate company has been contacted, the individual should inquire
there as to the legitimacy of the email. The company can then
direct the individual on how to proceed.
War-Driving and Identity Theft
War dialing was the name given to the process
of having a computer call thousands of phone numbers to find any
that had a modem attached. Once a modem was found, the hackers
would try to gain access to that system. The term “war dialing”
gained recognition from the 1983 movie War Games where this process
War-driving is the next generation of this
method of attack. Instead of looking for computers equipped with
modems, the war-driving hacker drives around neighborhoods in an
automobile with a sniffing laptop looking for wireless networks.
Wireless networks are dropping in price, and thus, becoming more
common. Every system comes complete with default settings. One of
these defaults is called the SSID or the Service Set IDentifier.
The SSID is the name of the wireless network and is usually
something simple for a hacker to guess like WLAN (Wireless LAN).
This should be changed to something different but without any
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