Use of SE in past criminal activities related to Dutch Banks

Dear All,

This is my first post on DTH. I got to know about DTH due to my exploratory research on SE and I think this site provides a lot of useful info. Hopefully one of you can help me too, therefore I will shortly explain my research object. 

Sorry for my bad English by the way...

I am currently researching (historical) practices that point towards the use of Social Engineering in relation to criminal practices that have occurred within Dutch banks. Since SE is not a very well theorized and  term (quite new) it could be that there were many criminal activities in the past that point towards the use of SE. If this is the case we could ask questions such as:

In which way do these past criminal activities (using SE) differ with present activities? or the other way around, What do they (past and present) have in common? In my research media or communication technologies play an important role since SE often make use of media to get in contact. Therefore I would like to look at what differences there are with past activities (don't have a specific time period) with the present activities since todays environment can be described as a heavily mediated environment. And I'm studying New Media & Digital Culture (Utrecht University).

To find answers on such questions I want to look at:

- criminal activities (such as: bankrobberies, identity theft/ fraud in relation to banks) described in Dutch police archives, the description of the crimes agive an impression of how people think, write and speak about the occurred activities. This way I could relate, lets say activities of 20 years ago with SE and see what differences there are and which problems we still have. Since SE'rs often look for ways to get around technological security systems (or hacking them) by manipulating PEOPLE (US!!).

The problem is: I just received an e-mail from dutch national police service which told me I can't have access. (hmm maybe I should SE them ;) )

- documentaries on dutch bank crime (for the same reasons, how do they talk, think about it) although documentaries won't give too much detailed info. And of course the nice presentations which I saw on DTH, interviews and talks with Hadnagy and Mitnick.

- Books/ articles: good ways for investigating, how every there are not many scientific articles/ books. For now I have two books: Chris Hadnagy's and Kevin Mitnick's. They provide me with some nice info, however I will have to make a connection with Dutch Banks! Plus it's not quite scientific, its popular however still useful. Don't have a lot articles.

- Last but not least there may be some historical articles from newspapers..

So, this is actually what I'm doing (part of what I'm doing since I am working on a philosophical paper as well). I hope maybe some of you guys can help me out or give me some advice/ tips. For me it's a big challenge to write about this subject since I am not that technical savvy and I didn't/ don't know (still learning alot!!) much about the subject. 

That's it for now, on to work again!

See ya!

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Comment by d3tm4r on May 15, 2012 at 3:39pm

This is an interesting research that you are doing there. I guess it is safe to assume that SE historically is the most common attack vector for criminals and it still is today. But I don't know if or how many scientific studies exist to back this with hard data. Go for it! :)

Comment by Leon van der Eijk on May 10, 2012 at 12:17pm
Good work ! Great read as well. En natuurlijk gaaf dat Nederland goed verstegen wordings wordt !

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