Dating guru resurrects Robin Sage by social engineering TS/SCI holders on LinkedIn
Jordan Harbinger, co-founder of The Art of Charm, a dating and social dynamics instruction school, isn't a hacker. But he used his basic knowledge of the social scene in order to social engineer people with Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) clearances on LinkedIn.
Social media is a major asset to people and organizations, at the same time, it can also pose a serious risk, because once something is online, it remains there forever. However, when it comes to people, social media can be a social engineer's dream come true. Instant access to data, and human interaction, can create a cocktail of disaster for those who are quick to befriend a friendly face.
Years ago, the Robin Sage Experiment demonstrated how easily a person can be connected, either directly or indirectly (the friend of a friend scenario), with someone who may not be what they claim to be. When the Robin Sage experiment concluded, hundreds of seasoned security professionals, officials and staffers from the Department of Defense, as well as others from various three-letter agencies, were linked to a false persona, and many of them violated OPSEC (Operational Security) and divulged somewhat sensitive, if not personal, information. They told a complete stranger the type of things that a malicious actor could later use against them.
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