Take a tip from one of the world’s best known hackers, Kevin Mitnick, who for 20 years was on the FBI’s most wanted list until he was caught in 1995 and jailed for five years. Today Mitnick runs a private consulting company that claims a 100 percent successful track record of penetrating the security of any system he is paid to hack.
Most of us are willing to help others in times of need. We want to trust in others to do the same and generally want to see the best for others. Perhaps the innate desire to trust in and help others is an evolutionary trait humans developed to help us survive, or perhaps we do it simply because of our internal convictions. Either way, more often than not, we want to help others when asked. This is precisely why social engineering attacks are extremely successful methods of infiltrating companies. Whether it’s a phone call to the front desk of an organization trying to get information about those who work there, or an email with an attachment claiming to be an unread fax, most of us let our trust get the best of us which could end up costing the company.
Werner Herzog’s upcoming film, ‘Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World’, features interviews with some of the most notorious names and innovative minds in the technological circle. But who are the people behind these machines and ideas? We take a look at some of the featured interviewees of the film: