By Joan Goodchild
May 27, 2010
John Sileo, an identity theft expert who trains on repelling social
engineering, knows from first-hand experience what it's like to be a
victim. Sileo has had his identity stolen.twice. And both instances
resulted in catastrophic consequences.
The first crime took place when Sileo's information was obtained from
someone who had gained access to it out of the trash (yes, dumpster
diving still works). She bought a house using his financial information
and eventually declared bankruptcy.
"That was mild," said Sileo, who then got hit again when his business
partner used his information to embezzle money from clients. Sileo spent
several years, and was bankrupt, fighting criminal charges.
Now that he has come out of it all innocent, he spends his time
assisting organizations train employees on what social engineering and
identity theft techniques look like.
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