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    Social engineering cellphone attacks

    Hello everyone - first post here, thank you in advance for your feedback.

    I have heard about social engineering attacks where someone goes into a wireless store, impersonates me, and gets a new SIM on my account. And another type where they call the call center of my cell provider and get a new phone issued on my account.

    Once they have these, they can do things like reset my email password and complete two factor authentication using the SMS codes sent to my phone, basically to steal my identity.

    I would love to hear about the best ways to protect myself against these attacks.

    Thanks so much!

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    Hello Heretolearn,

    It's now a common topic for discussions in the IT and social engineering world. There's a great intro to mobile-based attacks as a part of the course Ethical Hacking: Social Engineering by the cybersecurity expert Lisa Bock. Seems to me, I've seen it on LinkedIn.

    Best,
    Terry

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    It's now a common topic for discussions in the IT and social engineering world. There's a great intro to mobile-based attacks as a part of the course Ethical Hacking: Social Engineering by the cybersecurity expert Lisa Bock. Seems to me, I've seen it on LinkedIn.
    Here's the article I mentioned above - https://www.linkedin.com/learning/et...-based-attacks

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    My phone account is with Verizon... A person would have to know my account LogIn Information to get the whole scam started.....

    So I wouldn't worry about it...

    If they are good enough to impersonate me - then so be it. OR, I guess I could change my account all the time.

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