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Psychological manipulation is a deceptive technique frequently employed by cybercriminals, this technique involves crafting email messages and websites that impersonate reputable organizations or known contacts. The goal is to trick individuals into clicking malicious links, opening harmful attachments, or revealing sensitive personal information.
Logisek delivers social engineering services that help evaluate your systems and staff's capacity to identify and react to manipulation-centric attacks.
Through bespoke social engineering assessments and phishing tests, Logisek equips your company with a comprehensive understanding of the risks you confront. This enhances your readiness and response to potential cyber attacks.
Our phishing services
Phishing emerges as the most common tactic adopted by cybercriminals, involving emails that simulate communications from trusted sources or known individuals. Attackers attempt to deceive users into clicking on links, opening attachments containing malicious content, or disclosing sensitive data. Logisek conducts phishing simulations to evaluate the ability of your employees to detect and dodge such deceptive schemes. These phishing resilience tests can be carried out as a stand-alone service or incorporated into a broader security measure, like Red Teaming.
Whaling is a subtype of phishing scam wherein cybercriminals impersonate a top-ranking corporate executives, like a CEO or CFO. Their aim is to deceive individuals who have the authority to conduct financial transactions, including accounting department employees, clients, or business partners. The primary objective is to exploit the trust generally assigned to communications from high-level executives in order to instigate a financial transaction—often a money transfer—to a bank account managed by the cybercriminal. This deception is facilitated through remarkably persuasive messages that strive to mimic the communication style and tone of the impersonated individual.
Vishing and Smishing
Phishing is well-known for attacks carried out via email, but cybercriminals are smart and broaden their tactics to encompass phone calls or text messages. For instance, they may exploit phone messages to circumvent security measures like two-factor authentication (2FA). When a cybercriminal employs the technique of vishing (a blend of "voice" and "phishing"), their goal is to coax their victims into revealing sensitive information or gaining access to your company's systems through persuasive verbal tactics. Moreover, by utilizing mobile phones, they can direct victims towards malicious websites, rendering the attack all the more dangerous.
Spear phishing is a sophisticated and personalized form of phishing attack where cybercriminals single out specific individuals with deceptive intentions. Typically, the target might be someone with access to essential systems, like a system or network administrator. Logisek's spear phishing service offers you the chance to investigate and assess the probability of a specific individual in your organization succumbing to these deceptive tactics and disclose sensitive or confidential information.
Cybercriminals employ devious strategies to ensnare their victims, leveraging intriguing items that arouse curiosity. For instance, they may plant a USB stick containing malicious software like ransomware in noticeable locations within or around your business premises. If an employee falls into the trap and insert the USB stick into their computer, it could result in an infection spreading throughout the corporate network. In addition, cybercriminals use a variety of ingenious tactics to trick businesses by impersonating legitimate entities. This can involve dispatching deceptive messages containing enticing offers, service updates, or security alerts that contain links. These links direct users to harmful websites, designed with the intent of harvesting sensitive data or installing malicious software.
In the realm of physical security, attacks rank fifth in frequency, with methods like tailgating and piggybacking being some of the most popular methods used by intruders. These techniques involve situations where an intruder closelyfollows an employee, aiming to gain access to areas with strict security measures or restricted entry, such as a building section requiring an access card. The intruder might pretend having misplaced their card or contrive another excuse. Employees who are uninformed or simply trying to be polite might unwittingly allow the intruder entry, unintentionally facilitating the attack.
The art of deception
Social engineering is the art of manipulating human psychology for malicious gain.
Benefits of social engineering testing
Raises cyber awareness
Identifies risks posed
Reveals your information footprint
Enhances security training
Our social engineering approach
Logisek’s strategy in social engineering encapsulates the latest techniques exploited by cybercriminals. A standard analysis of phishing incorporates the following elements:
At Logisek, we prioritize thorough documentation of all information pertinent to the findings from the security assessments we conduct. Our reports encapsulate detailed descriptions of the technical findings, analyses of associated risks, guidance and recommendations, as well as step-by-step instructions for reproducing the identified vulnerabilities.
Each report is subjected to a rigorous Quality Assurance (QA) process prior to delivery to ensure the accuracy, completeness, and reliability of its content.
Our reports are specifically structured with the following sections:
Frequently asked questions about social engineering
Social engineering is a tactic that adversaries use to trick you into revealing sensitive information. They can attain this information by physically stealing, by making a phone call or sending an email that coaxes you to reveal sensitive information, among other methods.
Social engineering is a non-technical strategy cyber attackers use that relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking people into breaking standard security procedures. It is one of the greatest threats that organizations today encounter. A social engineer runs what used to be called a "con game." For example, they might use the phone or the internet to trick someone into revealing sensitive information or trick them into performing actions that create a security hole for them to slip through.
Social engineering attacks come in many different forms and can be performed anywhere where human interaction is involved. The following are the five most common types of social engineering attacks:
Phishing: In a phishing attack, the attacker impersonates a reputable entity or person in electronic communication, typically email.
Pretexting: The attacker creates a fabricated scenario to convince someone to give up information or perform an action.
Baiting: Baiting is when an attacker leaves a malware-infected physical device, such as a USB flash drive, in a place it is sure to be found. The finder then picks up the device and loads it onto his or her computer, unintentionally installing the malware.
Tailgating: The attacker seeks entry to a restricted area without proper authentication by following another person who is authorized to enter the area.
Understanding and being able to identify these common types of social engineering tactics can help protect you and your organization from a security breach.
Phishing is a type of cyber-attack where attackers impersonate a reputable entity or person in electronic communication. This is typically done through email, but can also occur through other digital methods like text messages, social media, or instant messaging.
The goal of a phishing attack is usually to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information. This could be personal data like usernames, passwords, credit card details, or social security numbers. In some cases, the attacker's goal might be to convince the victim to install malicious software, often disguised as a legitimate file or program.
For example, a phishing email might look like it's from your bank and say that you need to update your security information. It would contain a link to a website that looks just like your bank's, but it's actually a fake site controlled by the attacker. When you enter your login information, the attacker then has your credentials and can access your real bank account.
The term "phishing" comes from the idea of "fishing" for information - the attackers throw out their "bait" (the fraudulent email or message), and then they wait for someone to "bite" by providing the information they're after.
Because phishing attacks rely on human behavior rather than technology, they can be particularly difficult to defend against. That's why education and awareness about the signs of phishing and how to respond to potential phishing attempts are critical components of cybersecurity.
Within the realm of information systems security, individuals often constitute the most susceptible component. Nevertheless, due to inadequate awareness or casual day-to-day actions, users might unwittingly expose themselves to threats, thereby becoming inadvertent catalysts for system intrusions and breaches in an enterprise's security infrastructure.
Phishing is commonly used by cybercriminals due to several reasons:
Ease of Execution: Phishing attacks are relatively easy to execute. With basic knowledge of social engineering, an attacker can create an email or a webpage that mimics a legitimate organization's communications or website.
High Success Rate: Since phishing relies heavily on human error, it often has a high success rate. Many people fall victim to phishing attacks as they may not be well-informed about the signs of phishing and thus can't identify malicious emails or links.
Scalability: Phishing attacks can be conducted on a large scale. Emails can be sent to thousands of users at once, increasing the chances that at least some recipients will fall for the scam.
Low Cost: Phishing attacks can be conducted at a low cost, which makes it a preferred method for many cybercriminals.
Anonymity: The internet provides a certain level of anonymity, making it hard to track the origin of phishing attacks. Cybercriminals can hide their identities behind fake email accounts and websites, making it difficult for law enforcement to catch them.
Use as a Gateway: Phishing attacks can serve as a gateway to more serious attacks. Once a user's information is compromised, it can be used to commit identity theft, financial fraud, or to gain access to an organization's network for further nefarious activities.
Given these reasons, it's crucial for individuals and organizations to implement robust security measures and conduct regular cybersecurity awareness trainings to mitigate the risk of phishing attacks.
Businesses can take several measures to prevent phishing attacks:
Employee Education: This is the first and most crucial line of defense. Regularly conduct training sessions to educate employees about the types of phishing scams, how to recognize them, and what to do when they encounter a potential threat. Regular security awareness training can equip employees with the knowledge and skills they need to recognize and avoid falling for phishing attacks.
Use Anti-Phishing Tools: Many security software vendors offer tools specifically designed to detect and prevent phishing attacks. These include email filters that can detect and quarantine emails from known phishing sources, and browser extensions that can warn users when they're about to navigate to a known phishing website.
Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource such as an online account. Even if an attacker manages to steal a user's password, they would still need the second factor - typically a temporary code sent to the user's mobile device - to access the account.
Keep Systems Up-to-Date: Regularly update all systems, software, and applications. This reduces the risk of attackers exploiting known vulnerabilities in outdated software.
Regularly Back Up Data: Regularly backing up data can help minimize damage if a phishing attack does occur. It's important to ensure that backups are stored securely, and that they're regularly tested to make sure they can be restored if necessary.
Incident Response Plan: Have a well-established incident response plan. This can help businesses react quickly and effectively when a phishing attack occurs, which can reduce the damage caused by the attack.
Encourage Reporting: Encourage employees to report any suspicious emails or messages they receive. This can help your security team identify new threats and notify other employees to be on the lookout.
Implement a Secure Email Gateway: This can help block malicious emails before they reach the users.
Remember, no single solution is 100% foolproof. It's best to employ a multi-layered defense strategy that combines technological tools with continual education and vigilant practices.
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