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Cheatsheet: What is pretexting? – Valleywag.

In case you didn’t know, Wikipedia says: "Pretexting is the act of pretending to be someone who you are not by telling an untruth, or creating deception. The practice of pretexting typically involves tricking a telecom carrier into disclosing personal information of a customer, with the scammer pretending to be the customer."

According to Valleywag: "This isn’t the last scandal we’ll hear. The president of one security company says that heads of Fortune 500 Companies hire "fly-by-night organizations" to do their dirty investigative work all the time. Now that a pretexting scandal is front-page news, expect investigative journalists to hunt down similar stories."

And if the practice is so prevalent amongst US CEOs, what about UK chief execs?

One Response to “What is pretexting? We’re all about to know more about it”

  1. Danny Bradbury

    Pretexting = social engineering. It’s been around as long as valves. Kevin Mitnick’s ‘The Art of Deception’ is an excellent guide for companies who want to try and stop it happening.

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