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The Wall Street Journal
March 26, 2013

Employees beware: Don't fall prey to a cat named Dr. Zaius.

"Check out these kitties! :-)" read emails featuring the photo of a Turkish Angora cat with a purple mohawk, sent to nearly two million cubicle dwellers so far. It includes an attachment or link promising more feline photos. Those who click get a surprise: stern warnings from their tech departments.

The Dr. Zaius email is a simulated cyberattack. It is among the ploys companies are using to dupe employees into committing unsafe computing as a way to train them not to be so easily fooled.

Many big network breaches begin not with brainy hacker code but with workers who are tricked by so-called social engineering, which manipulates people into revealing sensitive information. So companies are trying to get workers to act badly before the bad guys do.

"It's a gotcha service," says Tom DeSot, executive vice president at Digital Defense Inc. of San Antonio, whose 10 confidence-men-for-hireâ"ethical hackers" in cyber-lingoâcraft attacks to exploit employees' human failings. Their objective, he says, isn't to get anybody fired or in trouble, but rather to help everyone learn the techniques malicious hackers also use.


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