Here we go with the quick check of three of the schools watching this Thursday and making a Roll Call requests at CNNStudentNews.com.Mendive Middle School leaves things off for us.They're working a little magic from the City of Sparks, the state of Nevada.From Prince George, Virginia, a very royal welcome to the Royals of Prince George High School.And it's great to see our viewers at Gomarus Scholengemeenschap.It's in the city of Gorinchem, Netherlands.
Businesses, banks and governments are looking for a few good computer hackers.And by good, they mean certified ethical hackers, people paid to test and protect an organization's electronic information from the kind of hackers who might be looking to steal it.In the U.S., certified ethical hackers can eventually earn as much as 130,000 per year.
What do you think of when I say the word hacker?Some creepy dude in a basement?Well, that's a misconception.What if I told you there's a class of hackers who don't just have social skills, they have more social intelligence than anyone you'll ever meet?David Kennedy is one of them.He's what's known as a social engineer or a people hacker.His craft is to dupe you into doing things and sharing information you probably shouldn't.
Could I just get your credit card number?
Some use it for illegal activity.In David's case, companies pay him to find out if employees are leaving the company vulnerable.He and his team show us how it's done.Step one, spoof his number so it looks like he's calling from inside the company and then call tech support.
Hello, are you there? Hello.
Hi, it's Ken, can I help you?
I was wondering if you can take a look at a website I'm trying to get to.It's' for a big customer thing I'm working on for Monday and I can't seem to get to the website from my computer.
Sure. What website? I'll see if I can get to it.
Thanks, man, I really appreciate the help.I mean, it could be a stupid thing, I barely suck at computers, but-so it's www.survey-pro.com.
Yes, I got a prompt to open.I just clicked open and I'm at the site now.
Here's what the IT guy doesn't realize.By clicking that link, he's just given David full access to his computer.