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Social Engineering Rescues Long-Time Hostages

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Yesterday it was widely reported that 15 hostages held by Colombia’s Marxist guerrillas for as long as 6 years were freed after some very brave and daring commandos posed as being part of the guerrilla group.
The news reports described it as a stunning rescue, and it definitely was that; quite stunning!
As we watched the numerous news reports about it, I spoke with my boys about the tactics they used to get the hostages freed.
Recently I’ve been creating social engineering training content along with a social engineering awareness assessment tool, and something I found remarkable about the rescue was how it used social engineering to its full affect to rescue the hostages.
Some of the tactics in this situation included: