Greed engineering

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Kees1958, Jan 22, 2012.

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  1. Kees1958

    Kees1958 Registered Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    This weekend my neighbor told me a story. I had not heard of this type of 'social' engineering before. This is the flow of events. It was his son who was the victim.

    Somehow you are traced playing on-line games (cookies?)

    You get an offer of a site offering you a winning companion from someone who has written the software for the stock exchange. It promises "install this software, go to a casino and use this program to count the cards. You will sure win".

    When you play via the internet on some sites you have to buy credits with your credit card, to play. Once you start playing (problably a whole evening), there is enough time to use your credit card data (which was off course logged and collected).
  2. Baserk

    Baserk Registered Member

    Apr 14, 2008
    A bit of searching for blackjack 'counting card' programs brings up this f.i.;

    "Our fantastic free software program, Blackjack Card Counting Pro will help you to learn how to count cards while you are playing blackjack.
    The most popular and perhaps the easiest to master is the Hi-Low System. Blackjack Card Counting Pro is based upon this card counting system. The casinos prefer uneducated blackjack players that lose their hard earned dollars every time they play the game. They know that they have the edge and that is the way that they like it. Good card counters are not welcome in casinos because they win the majority of the time.

    Not saying that the above program is malware infested but I can imagine that some gambling sites, fora/websites about online poker/blackjack/whatever require 'free registration' by email, after which 'exclusive/unbeatable/undetectable' card counting software (including trojan+keylogger) will be offered next.
    Logging in on a gambling site and purchasing chips with a cc afterwards->money stolen.
  3. noone_particular

    noone_particular Registered Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    There's no limits to the tactics. That said, the title of your post names the reason most of the tactics work. They push the greed button and victims come out of the woodwork. That's also one of the big reasons user education often fails. You can't educate greed out of someone.
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