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Microsoft Blue Hat: Researcher Demos No-Hack Attack
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 22 October 2008 11:14
    Wealth of available online data on individuals, businesses can be used in targeted attacks
OCTOBER 21, 2008 | 4:20 PM

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Senior Editor, Dark Reading

A researcher at Microsoft’s closed-door Blue Hat summit last week demonstrated how seemingly mundane information available online about an individual or a business can be used against them in a targeted attack.

Roelof Temmingh, founder of Paterva, demonstrated how hackers don’t need traditional hacking tools given all of the information that’s freely available about people and organizations on the Internet. With a little reconnaissance and the use of a handy information-collection, correlation, and visualization tool he built called Maltego, Temmingh showed how an attacker wouldn’t have to bother with a port scan or other hacking tools to hack a person or a business.

Maltego is not a hacker tool -- it’s for gathering, organizing and visualizing information from the Internet. It basically collects that accessible information online about an individual -- his email address, blogs, Facebook friends, hobbies, geographic location, job description -- and presents it in a usable, comprehensive profile of a potential target. “When I started developing this tool... I had the idea that all pieces of information out there were connected in some way or another,” Temmingh says. “This tool proves that [they are].”   [DarkReading...]    [Comments...]

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