Hacker Social Engineers His Way Into Walmart/Target

Defcon held a social engineering contest at the last Blackhat/Defcon conference. Participants had 20 minutes to show how they could call in and social engineer their way into a target. Here is an article about the contest and one contestant who social engineered their way into Walmart and Target stores.

http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/07/technology/walmart-hack-defcon/index.htm

The bottom line is that social engineering is live and well. Advances with data network security, as well as the abiity to gather intelligence on a target via the Internet (google, Facebook, on and on), spoofing caller ID (which they didn't even do in the contest), make social engineering a very efficient hacking technique.

Note that I added a list for social engineering.