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Everything You Wanted to Know about Social Engineering -- But Were Afraid to Ask...

Oh, yes, manipulating reporters is a major tool of social engineers. Check out the reporting at the Wired web site on their outing of Se7en (Valor):

Wired.com [2.8.99]

…In the past two years, profiles in Forbes, the London Independent, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Wired News, and many other publications have portrayed Valor as an old-school renegade with a cause: exposing the identities -- and trashing the hard drives -- of those who traffic in sexual imagery of children.

The illegal techniques he used were those honed during 17 years in the hacker underground, the publications reported.

In fact, the primary target of Valor's hacking has turned out to be the news media.

Several of Valor's former colleagues have come forward to brand him a technologically inept poseur …

"He never deleted a single kiddie porn server himself. He's a compulsive liar, always looking for some new thing to impress people with," said Brian Martin… who lived and worked with Valor…

Pete Shipley, senior security architect for one of the Big Six accounting firms, administers the dis.org domain where Valor had an email account and a Web page.

"I've never seen him demonstrate any expertise in accessing any system," he said. Shipley added that he had to cancel Valor's account because it was hacked so many times.

NASA, Air Force, Navy, Army, and FBI personnel take his {Se7en's] US$1,395 three-and-a half-day courses on "Maximum Internet Security" and "Internet Predators"…

In an article published in Forbes Digital Tool in April… Valor had successfully hacked 99 pedophile targets, Penenberg reported…

Info-war specialist Winn Schwartau, who hosted the radio show featuring Valor, also said he can't personally confirm any of his hacks.

© © 1994-99 Wired Digital Inc. All rights reserved. http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,17789,00.html

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