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Microsoft has finally admitted that an attack on two of its Twitter accounts and an official blog by a pro-Assad hacking group last weekend also compromised internal emails. The Syrian Electronic Army posted to its Twitter feed several screenshots of emails purportedly belonging to Microsoft employees including Steve Clayton, …

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"A social engineering cyberattack method known as phishing resulted in a small number of Microsoft employee social media and email accounts being impacted. "

= Some of our employees are not very bright.

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Do you mean their enterprise/domain administrators?

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Or, perhaps, their developers...

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LDS
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Yes - and this one should also have a technical education - but moved to sales and marketing... the right kind of people you target with a phishing attack, if you perform that well, they will be perfect "phishes".

It would be intersting to know how the attack was performed - it would be funny if they used some vulnerability for which a patch was available, or if he blindly clicked on an attachment named:

BeautyGirlsPics.zip     exe

(add more spaces between zip and exe, this site trims them)

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Not really - I saw Kevin Mitnick speak recently he said that he (and everyone else in the infosec community) have 100% success rate for pen tests when social engineering is allowed. The systems you put around preventing customer data being compromised is the key.

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Phishing?.....I heard that....

Someone phoned from windows claiming that the computers had a virus....

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Re: Phishing?.....I heard that....

I love messing with those guys, I try a different approach every time they call, sometimes short, sometimes I'll tie them up for quite some time - I work from home, so it's a nice break and every minute that I'm messing with them is a minute they're not trying to scam someone else.

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Need to buy more popcorn ... this new sequel is hilarious ...

Beer coz I got a pint in my hand, it's beer o'clock round 'ere ... ;-)

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