Cybercrime , Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Social Engineering

Why Is Social Engineering So Pervasive?

Former Fraudster Brett Johnson on the Latest Cybercrime Trends
Brett Johnson, consultant, AnglerPhish

Although fraud schemes continue to evolve, social engineering remains a critical element, says Brett Johnson, a former fraudster who now advises organizations on how to fight cybercrime. He explains how new attacks are often tweaks of much older schemes.

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In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent New York Security Summit, Johnson discusses:

  • How he stays on top of fraud and cybersecurity issues
  • Where fraud schemes are going today;
  • The rise of synthetic identity fraud.

Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as "The Original Internet Godfather," had been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. He founded and was the leader of and He helped design, implement and refine modern identity theft, ATO fraud, card-not-present fraud, IRS tax fraud and other social engineering attacks, breaches and hacking operations. Since his release from prison, he has striven to help others avoid becoming the victims of the types of crimes he used to commit. He runs AnglerPhish, a cybersecurity consultancy.

About the Author

Nick Holland

Nick Holland

Former Director, Banking and Payments

Holland focused on the intersection of digital banking, payments and security technologies. He has spoken at a variety of conferences and events, including Mobile World Congress, Money2020, Next Bank and SXSW, and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, MSNBC, NPR, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time Magazine, The Economist and the Financial Times.

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