A Weak VPN Could Be More Destructive Than No VPN

Author(s):

Zehra Ali, ,

Internet to VPN to you

In the present era, an individual’s privacy solely depends on internet security. Your banking details, your pictures, and other sensitive information are available on different channels such as social media accounts, websites, and other online platforms. Therefore, the usage of VPN has increased drastically. But are you sure your VPN is working correctly? If not, … Read more

Catfishing: Not Just About Money

Author(s):

Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Catfishing, catfish

We live in a time where it is easier than ever to deceive people. For example, the internet now enables us to speak anonymously through message boards, comment sections, and even online games. Additionally, the internet can help you pretend to be a different person. Catfishing is the act of pretending to be someone else … Read more

ElsaGate: The Problem With Algorithms

Author(s):

Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Elsagate concept, kids on IPads looking shocked and confused

Social Engineering can take many forms. Sometimes it’s a phone call attempting to extrapolate your mother’s maiden name. Other times it is an email attempting to gain rapport and get you to click on a sketchy link.  However, sometimes you get something much more bizarre. Something like Elsagate. In 2017, many news sources started reporting … Read more

Doxing: The Dark Side of OSINT

Author(s):

Patrick Putman, ,

Computer screen showing Doxing

Exploiting a target is much easier when you know their vulnerabilities. However, learning their vulnerabilities can only come from research. Doxing is a form of Open Source Intelligence. The word originated from an abbreviation of the term “dropping documents.” Doxing is the dark side of OSINT. It is the act of compiling a dossier against … Read more

Pretexting: The Art of Impersonation

Author(s):

Patrick Putman, ,

Pretexting, hacker working on business interface, sinister, animated

What is Pretexting Pretexting is a social engineering tactic that uses deception and false motives. Simply put, pretexting crafts fictional situations to obtain personal, sensitive, or privileged information. Pretexting often involves researching the target prior to the attack. The data collected is then used to manipulate and deceive the victim. The main goal of the … Read more