Fake banking websites issued with SSL certificates

Fake banking websites issued with SSL certificates by Symantec, Comodo and GoDaddy

So far we believed that SSL certification is a sure way of authenticating the veracity of a web site. However, business growth sans due diligence & appropriate regulation, could pose a greater problem with people transacting sensitive online work with “false” trust!

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A great example of “fake it ’til you make it”. Beware of your social networking!

One day Thomas Ryan, who worked as a white-hat hacker and cyber security analyst, created an entire social media background and history for Robin Sage, an attractive 25-year-old girl who claimed to be a cyber threat analyst at the Naval Network Warfare Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

She duped men and women alike (but mostly men) without showing any real biographical information. Within two months time (December 2009-January 2010), she acquired access to email accounts (one NRO contractor posted information on social media which revealed answers to security questions on his personal e-mail), home addresses, family information, and bank accounts.

Read more on this interesting “fake it ’til you make it” story!

Internal Auditing Around the World – Insights From This Year’s Edition

The Protiviti View

Brian Christensen - Protiviti PHX 2012_Low ResBy Brian Christensen
Leader of Protiviti’s Internal Audit and Financial Advisory practice

Now, more than at any time in history, internal auditors are viewed by audit committees and management less as police and more as trusted advisers, strategic partners and consultants. Partly due to the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis, the position is valued more than ever before. Management now looks to leverage internal audit as a strategic resource, recognizing that internal auditors’ broad and deep perspective of operations, risks and potential opportunities can help inform business decision-making.

In its latest edition of the annual Internal Auditing Around the World, Protiviti takes a look at the state of global internal audit practice. We find that many internal audit departments, along with their organizations, are in the midst of significant change and transformation – a period of reinvention. Internal audit teams are rising to the call to become strategic…

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