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Source: Dark Reading - Posted by Alex   
Security The one glimmer of hope during last week's social-engineering contest at Defcon18 was when two different employees at a major retailer separately shut down a contestant trying to smooth-talk his way into gathering sensitive information on their company. "One of them said the questions [asked of her] sounded 'fishy'" and that she couldn't answer the questions for security reasons, says Chris Hadnagy, founder of social-engineer.org, which sponsored the Social Engineering Capture The Flag contest in Las Vegas last week. "We all clapped -- we thought that [reaction] was great. Unfortunately, the contestant [then] got a different lady at a different location of the company and was successful."

Success was the overwhelmingly disturbing trend in the contest, where around 17 people had 25 minutes to social-engineer by phone information out of a specific company they were assigned to. Each contestant had been assigned a "target" company in advance of the contest, and were allowed to gather as much information as they could passively (no phone calls, email, or direct contact) before the big showdown in Vegas.

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