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A dragonfly made of circuitry.

Alethe (https://twitter.com/AletheDenis) is a social engineer. Professionally she tries to trick people to give her passwords and access that she shouldn’t have. But her journey to this point is interesting and in this episode she tells us how she became a social engineer.


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JACK: Okay, so, one year when I was in college, I took a job at the Renaissance Festival. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a place where people dress up like they did in the 15th century and do things from that time period like jousting and falconry, and eating old-fashioned food. It’s almost like an amusement park, with tall walls all around it, and you have to pay to get inside. [MUSIC] Well, when I got a job there, my boss forgot to give me an employee pass to get in. So, every day that I came to work, I had to find a way to sneak into the festival. This was such a fun thing for me to do because I had an honest reason to sneak into the Renaissance Festival. I figured out where employees park and I saw there was a security guard watching the back gates and side entrances and stuff. But I quickly learned their habits and was able to find ways to go around them. Over time, the security guard started to notice me more and more and thought I was suspicious because I was showing up every day and always avoiding them. Once, they even got in their golf cart and came straight towards me. I just ducked behind some trees or some cars or something and waited for them to roll on by in their golf cart.

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