Canadian hacker dupes Walmart to win Def Con prize

Canadian Shane MacDougall, a hacker/security consultant, [duped Walmart] for a social engineering contest at the Def Con Hacking Conference held each summer in Las Vegas.

 From his glass booth in front of chuckling onlookers, MacDougall managed to get 75 pieces of information in the 20-minute phone call, winning the contest and receiving a coveted black badge for his efforts. In the three years of the contest, no one has ever succeeded in getting each assigned data point before.

MacDougall found out all about the store’s security, its cafeteria, who cleans it after-hours and who disposes of its garbage. He learned when employees are paid, who provides IT support, what computers, operating systems and anti-virus programs are used.

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