Scaramucci And Other Trump Officials Fell For An Email Hoax By A Spearfishing Prankster

Submitted by: normalfreak2 2 months ago in News & Politics


Top White House officials including now-ousted communications director Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci responded to hoax emails last week in which a prankster posed as other members of the administration, CNN reports

Scaramucci reportedly had an email argument with a prankster posing as now-former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. The same impostor also posed as Jon Huntsman Jr., Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Russia, and asked Scaramucci whose "head should roll first?" 

"Both of them," Scaramucci replied.

Apparently referring to Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon. The prankster also appeared to fool Huntsman and Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, though Eric Trump soon caught on to the prank and replied that he had referred the matter to law enforcement. The prankster told CNN that they were not attempting to phish the White House. "I try and keep it on the humorous side of things," the person told CNN. "I’m not trying to get the keys to the vault or anything like that."
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Male 502
Just like Podesta?
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Male 595
most stupid thing I've ever seen a government official being involved in. 
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Male 6,158
Something similar happened to Rick Perry last week . He was pranked by two Russian "Jerky Boys style" radio comedians about Pig poo
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/us-energy-secretary-takes-22-minute-prank-call-from-ukrainian-prime-minister/?comments=1&post=33704131
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Male 4,153
I'll go out on a limb and say that it's pretty obvious that there is and always has been a slight lack of understanding when it comes to all aspects of IT and cyber-security at all levels of the US government and is one thing that is truly bi-partisan. You would think that at the very least the events of the past few years would force some big changes. Sadly if they ever do wake up it will only be in the interest of "cover-your-ass" and not national security.
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Male 1,138
trimble I know a lady who works at an above top secret facility here that has something to do with intercepting and decryption foreign intel.  She works in this building, is certified in several different security things, yet I have to clean her home system from viruses a couple times a year.  Even people that supposedly know this stuff don't know this stuff.
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Male 4,153
waldo863 I know, it's weird. We train users from imbecile on up to genius level on avoiding phising or any other type threat that may get past our security (which is pretty hardened) where I work but the US can’t do that with it’s officials?
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Male 1,138
trimble Well, i think a large portion of the "problem" is accountability.  Government jobs it is near impossible to get fired from.  So they go through the training and only half-assedely pay attention.  If they screw something up, it's not like anyone loses their job, they just all have to go through training again, that they won't pay attention to again.  It's like a break for them though.  They do the rtaining off-site, because the trainers can not come on their facility.  The general in charge of the facility then takes everyone out to lunch and dinner at nice places.  It ends up being a shorter than normal day for them, but they still get paid for a full day.  Instead of being written up or fired or in some way penalized for this stuff they are instead rewarded.

I see similar behavior here at my office.  Without going in to too many details, if people don't do things right, it causes me to have to do a lot more work.  I train them on the right way, make them do it in front of me the right way and sign off that they had that training and understand how to do something the right way.  6 months later they are doing things the wrong way saying I never showed them the right way.  I show them where they signed off on it and they say they don't remember that at all.  So I go to the boss who says, "Who cares, just fix it."  No one is held accountable, so they just keep doing it wrong.
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Male 1,746
waldo863 So much of this everywhere I look.
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Male 1,138
bliznik Yup.  It seems that no one holds anyone accountable anymore.  If there are no consequences to actions, then actions don't change.
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Male 771
waldo863 trimble the thing about the government officials is that while it may be hard to get fired some of these positions are elected officials or appointments by elected officials.

So when the DNC has leaks/hacks and one side says don't worry about the source worry about the damaging info, then hacks leaks come from the WH and the other side says don't worry about the hacks/leaks work about the damaging info.

Who's to blame the government or the ones who keep putting them in office?
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Male 1,138
mischeif954 Why are we focusing on blame?  It's everyone's fault.  It's the guy who made the calls fault.  It's whoever passed the call through to him's fault.  It's his fault for falling for it.  It's everyone's fault ok?  Let's not focus on that though, let's focus on training, and when people ignore that training holding them accountable, to prevent it from happening again.  Let's focus on fixing the problem, not whose fault it is.
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Male 771
waldo863 Not too stray too far from the topic, but I find that rich coming from you... considering most of you responses involving police officers, revolve around what everyone else could have done. In a parallel fashion, if government workers are left to their own devices training will continue to be ignored and their not going to hold themselves accountable if there's no need to. The change has to come from within, and the best catalyst for that is pressure from the outside.
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