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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

Lance Spitzner has over 20 years of security experience in cyber threat research, awareness and training. He invented the concept of honeynets, founded the Honeynet Project and published three security books. Lance has worked and consulted in over 25 countries and helped over 350 organizations plan, maintain and measure their security awareness programs. In addition, Lance is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cyber Security Alliance, frequent presenter, serial tweeter (@lspitzner) and works on numerous community security projects. 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.

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