To enable crimes such as these, a tool such as Evolution would come in handy. It returns hotlinked results in list form or in a spider diagram that shows each transform operation done on a given datum and where that transform leads. The question is, what does Temmingh intend to do with this potentially nefarious framework? In fact, Evolution can do much on behalf of conventional security, he said. It can be used for standard footprinting (DNS, IPs and domains, for example), for identifying phishing sites or for finding partner alliances with weaker security postures.This all demonstrates what Temmingh said is the scary side of Web 2.0. "Web 2.0 contains great technology, but little is known about the security implications when that technology is actually used," he said. "Real criminals dont write buffer overflows," he said. "They follow the route of least resistance." Mainstream criminals tend to lag behind technological advance, he said. For example, phishing attacks were known about as far back as 1995. The question is, what will be on criminals minds in 2010? Temmingh believes that the Internets darker elements will be using tools "something close to" what hes demonstrated in Evolution: a framework that can execute personalized identity theft with scraps of information. "[Criminals] will be able to have tools to merge this information together to manipulate outcome of certain events," Temmingh said. If the examples given arent scary enough, here are more that he described:
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On the other hand, it can also be used to identify targets for social engineering and client-side attacks, for finding war-dialing ranges, to find alternative e-mail addresses for content attacks, or to understand business drivers of specific organizations along with their sensitivities. For example, a socially engineered attack benefits greatly by having convincing backup data on hand, including knowing what the targets phone number or alternative e-mail addresses are.
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