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Take a look at OUCH!, a monthly security awareness newsletter from SANS:

The July issue of OUCH! explains a common social engineering technique called the tech-support attack.


Overview from the newsletter:

At the heart of many cyber attacks are criminals attempting to fool you out of your money or trick you into giving them your personal information. Common examples of this are fraudulent e-mails, called phishing, that pretend to come from a person or company you trust, such as your friend or your bank. While such e-mail attacks are still a threat, criminals are also calling potential victims on the phone. In this newsletter we explain how such a phone scam works, specifically a common tech-support scam, and what you can do to protect yourself.


Other cyber security awareness resources are available from the SANS Securing The Human Program, so take a look and let us know if you find anything particularly useful.

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OUCH! Free, Monthly Security Awareness Newsletter Comment from bmyers on 07/12/12
Identity thieves are getting more professional and investigative. Rather than the old school of hacking passwords, the real professionals do their homework. Fairly quickly, they can use publicly disclosed information to find that one additional fact and then the next. Before long, they have access to confidential and financial records and it's too late.

I may be overly cautious, but we should all shred anything that has more than what someone could find on the Superpages. Here at IC, even after the change in F.E.R.P.A. of December 2011, I'd strongly suggest that students or their parents request that their directory information not be disclosed. You can't have too much protection against that identity thief who wants to find out something more from Ithaca than you want them to know.