Social Engineering Gets a Big Jewel Heist


It just goes to show, sometimes the simple things are the most effective. A box of chocolates can defeat all the most hi-tech security systems if you add a little charm.

21 million Euros of diamonds, that’s one hell of a catch.

A thief has evaded one of the world’s most expensive hi-tech security systems, and made off with €21m (£14.5m) worth of diamonds – thanks to a secret weapon rarely used on bank staff: personal charm.

In what may be the biggest robbery committed by one person, the conman burgled safety deposit boxes at an ABN Amro bank in Antwerp’s diamond quarter, stealing gems weighing 120,000 carats. Posing as a successful businessman, the thief visited the bank frequently, befriending staff and gradually winning their confidence. He even brought them chocolates, according to one diamond industry official.

Sounds like a long term operation, very slickly done indeed!

Mr Claes said of the thief: “He used no violence. He used one weapon -and that is his charm – to gain confidence. He bought chocolates for the personnel, he was a nice guy, he charmed them, got the original of keys to make copies and got information on where the diamonds were.

“You can have all the safety and security you want, but if someone uses their charm to mislead people it won’t help.”

My dear friend, education is the key..not more locks and bolts.

Source: Independent UK

Posted in: Social Engineering


Latest Posts:


dSploit APK Download - Hacking & Security Toolkit For Android dSploit APK Download – Hacking & Security Toolkit For Android
dSploit APK Download is a Hacking & Security Toolkit For Android which can conduct network analysis and penetration testing activities.
Scallion - GPU Based Onion Hash Generator Scallion – GPU Based Onion Hash Generator
Scallion is a GPU-driven Onion Hash Generator written in C#, it lets you create vanity GPG keys and .onion addresses (for Tor's hidden services).
WiFi-Dumper - Dump WiFi Profiles and Cleartext Passwords WiFi-Dumper – Dump WiFi Profiles and Cleartext Passwords
WiFi-Dumper is an open-source Python-based tool to dump WiFi profiles and cleartext passwords of the connected access points on a Windows machine.
truffleHog - Search Git for High Entropy Strings with Commit History truffleHog – Search Git for High Entropy Strings with Commit History
truffleHog is a Python-based tool to search Git for high entropy strings, digging deep into commit history and branches. This is effective at finding secrets accidentally committed.
AIEngine - AI-driven Network Intrusion Detection System AIEngine – AI-driven Network Intrusion Detection System
AIEngine is a next-generation interactive/programmable Python/Ruby/Java/Lua and Go AI-driven Network Intrusion Detection System engine with many capabilities.
Sooty - SOC Analyst All-In-One CLI Tool Sooty – SOC Analyst All-In-One CLI Tool
Sooty is a tool developed with the task of aiding a SOC analyst to automate parts of their workflow and speed up their process.


5 Responses to Social Engineering Gets a Big Jewel Heist

  1. madmax April 25, 2007 at 3:38 pm #

    This just goes to show that even hitech technology can be overcome by exploiting the weakest link in the system i.e. the person factor

    SOCIAL ENGINEERING RULES!!!

  2. Motoma April 26, 2007 at 6:30 pm #

    Just like to point out the ending of the story:

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/041707dnintdiamonds.2f29182.html

  3. Konpaku June 4, 2007 at 8:06 am #

    the jinx shirt may be a joke, but its true

    “Social Engineering.. because there is no patch for stupidity”

  4. J. Lion February 14, 2008 at 1:16 am #

    Even if technology change, social engineering never gets old.

  5. eM3rC February 14, 2008 at 3:53 am #

    Like Albert Einstein said “There are two things which have no limit, the universe and human stupidity. I am still unsure about the formal.”

    I find it amazing that he was able to do this. You would think of the entire bank staff that someone would have been a little suspicious and a background check or something.

    Quick question.
    What would he be able to do with the diamonds? Sell them on the black market? Its not like he can walk into a jewelry shop and use his charm to sell millions of dollars worth of diamonds.