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Fraud At Sprint Offers Lessons For Enterprises, Experts Say




Fraud At Sprint Offers Lessons For Enterprises, Experts Say
Fraud At Sprint Offers Lessons For Enterprises, Experts Say



http://www.darkreading.com/insiderthreat/security/management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=227300424 

By Robert Lemos
Contributing Writer
DarkReading
Sept 08, 2010

The recently revealed abuse of insiders' system privileges to commit 
fraud at Sprint could be a wake-up call for other enterprises to 
implement more stringent security practices, experts said this week.

Last week, nine Sprint employees were charged with misusing their access 
to the telecommunications giant's systems to redirect phone charges to 
other customers by "cloning" their cell phones -- to the tune of more 
than $15 million in fraudulent charges in the first six months of this 
year.

The case highlights the need for enterprises to implement controls that 
will help them catch insiders who might be focused on fraud, says Dawn 
Cappelli, technical manager of the threat and incident management team 
at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute CERT 
Program.

"Any controls that organizations can think of to put on their systems, 
as far as what data should this person be accessing [or] what would look 
out of the ordinary, are important," Cappelli says.

Such attacks are becoming more common, according to CMU's Software 
Engineering Institute. Last year, more than half of the respondents to 
the group's 2010 CyberSecurity Watch Survey said they were the victim of 
an insider attack. The average insider attack lasts about 15 months, 
Cappelli says.

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