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I was looking forward to this week’s snip, since it’s giving me a chance to show off Jack and Frazer’s working relationship some more. They both excel in system security, but while Jack – as he pointed out in last week’s snip – is happy to bend and break the rules if he feels it’s justified, Frazer is a little more circumspect and – possibly – lawabiding.
So why am I convinced that Frazer is potentially the more dangerous of the two? It’s because I think that using social engineering practises for immoral and criminal means hurts the victims a lot more.
If Jack stole your car, he’d sneak the key from your bag or copy your remote keyfob to unlock the doors and start the engine. You knew the car had been taken without your consent and you’d be angry.
If Frazer stole your car, you’d blame yourself for being so gullible and stupid. You’d grow mistrustful, wary of people, and your self-confidence would take a major hit. Why? Because if Frazer stole your car, he’d trick you into giving him the keys… so he could take his injured mother to hospital, or help a refugee family move their possessions to a shelter, or….
So I’m grateful that Frazer is one of the good guys and wouldn’t even think of catfishing people. What he does here, though, is prove that the staff at Nancarrow Mining need to learn to be more careful.
From Swings & Roundabouts
The large wall screen showed the inside of a department store; cosmetics counters ran along the wall and at the end of the aisle stood Donald Frazer in a brown wig and navy blue suit. He held a clipboard, smiled widely and when he opened his mouth to speak the whole conference room erupted into laughter.
“Stop that,” Jack demanded though he was laughing himself. “He sounds as if you’ve crossed a Jamaican with a Welshman and a barrel of beer, but it did the trick. Just look at his haul after less than an hour: Nineteen names, ladies and gentlemen, eleven from Nancarrow Mining. Eleven names, badges, employee numbers, internal phone numbers, job titles and email addresses. I can start a fucking invasion with that much data. All because Frazer looked the part and offered freebie cosmetics and a chance to win a holiday in Hawaii.”