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Web Stalkers
Chapter 8 -
Identity Theft

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 was used.

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 personal identifiers. 
 

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert
 

http://www.rampant-books.com/book_2004_2_stalkers.htm


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