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Profiling Online Personas: Are We Sharing Too Much?

  • Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT (15:00:00 UTC)
  • Micah Hoffman and Lance Spitzner
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Overview

Do you know someone who uses the same username across multiple social media sites? What about friends that share their personal information with anyone in the world by not securing their online profiles? Attackers commonly gather data from victim profiles prior to attacking them with phishing emails, identity theft attempts and other cyber attacks. We will look at common techniques attackers use to gain access to personal information and how, upon aggregation, that bit of data about a target that may be scattered across many websites becomes much more useful. Finally, we will discuss method of making it more difficult for attackers to execute these techniques on you, your family and your friends.

Speaker Bios

Micah Hoffman

Micah Hoffman has been working in the information technology field since 1998 supporting federal government, commercial, and internal customers in their searches to discover and quantify information security weaknesses within their organizations. He leverages years of hands-on, real-world penetration testing and incident response experience to provide unique solutions to his customers. Micah holds GIAC's GAWN, GWAPT, and GPEN certifications as well as the CISSP. Micah is an active member in the NoVAHackers group, has written Recon-ng and Nmap testing tool modules and enjoys tackling issues with the Python scripting language. When not working, teaching, or learning, Micah can be found hiking or backpacking on Appalachian Trail or the many park trails in Maryland. Catch him on Twitter @WebBreacher.


Lance Spitzner

Mr. Lance Spitzner is an internationally recognized leader in the field of cyber threat research and security training and awareness. He has helped develop and implement numerous multi-cultural security awareness programs around the world for organizations as small as 50 employees and as large as 100,000. He invented and developed the concept of honeynets, is the author of several books, and has published over thirty security whitepapers. Mr. Spitzner started his security career with Sun Microsystems as a senior security architect, helping secure Sun's customers around the world. He is founder of the Honeynet Project; an international, non-profit security research organization that captures, analyzes, and shares information on cyber threats at no cost to the public. Mr. Spitzner has spoken to and worked with numerous organizations, including the NSA, FIRST, the Pentagon, the FBI Academy, the President's Telecommunications Advisory Committee, MS-ISAC, the Navy War College, the British CESG, the Department of Justice, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He has consulted around the world, working and presenting in over 20 countries on six different continents. His work has been documented in the media through outlets such as CNN, BBC, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. He serves on the Distinguished Review Board for the Air Force Institute of Technology, Technical Review Board for CCIED, and the Information Assurance Curriculum Advisory Board at DePaul University. Before working in information security, Mr. Spitzner served as an armor officer in the Army's Rapid Deployment Force and earned his MBA from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Currently, Lance is a certified instructor for the SANS Institute.

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