February 10, 2017

Hunted Recap Episode 5: Fight, Flight or Freeze

Did you catch "Fight, Flight or Freeze" on Hunted?  In this episode, Fortalice Solutions’ digs deeper into the cyber footprint of the fugitives.

In  this episode we saw some of the fugitives make mistakes that ultimately led the Hunters close and even right to them.

If this episode has you wondering how to protect your personal privacy, don’t worry. We have the Fortalice Fix.

Smart Phones:

Did you know that in 2005, the FCC required cell companies have 95% or more of their phones be traceable via satellite and global positioning tech (GPS). This can be a great thing when your phone is missing. However, it could be used to track your whereabouts.

Your phone -- where it’s been, for how long, when it’s used and when it sits idle -- creates a pattern about you.  Decide whether or not you want to change those patterns.  You may not want to ditch your phone altogether, so consider only using cell signals versus free WiFi, so it makes it harder for third party marketing firms and others to track your whereabouts.

Social Engineering:

Social engineering is the use of manipulation to obtain personal information. It’s critical to investigative cases, but is also used by fraudsters to trick you into giving them the keys to your confidential information.  

What do I look for when I take part in social engineering? I pore through your information that you post online or that legal records mention: hometown, hobbies, high school mascot, family member names and your likes. Posts tell me a lot about someone before they go on the run.  

If you don’t want to go off the grid, consider using security answers that don’t match the security question.  For example:  If a security question asks for your mother’s maiden name, pick your favorite female superhero.  After all, isn’t your mom truly a superhero?

Tracking You Online:

Worried about being tracked online?  Try using blockers such as Ghostery and Privacy Badger.

Now let’s catch up on the fugitives of Hunted:

Aarif & Immad

Savvy about their cyber footprint, these two decide to  camp out and use a kayak as their mode of transportation.  Our ground hunters used helicopters and good old fashioned investigative techniques to try to track them down.  We felt like we are close, but they kept slipping away with their small cyber footprint.    

Sentra & Thu

Sentra & Thu make it to the halfway point because they have been smart. They used their allotted cash to buy burner phones, they camped in the woods and they had strangers help them get away. However, they stayed in the same car and we managed to grab the car’s license plate.  Once we knew their approximate location, we were able to make a request for video footage. To applaud their halfway point, they headed to Taco Bell for a celebratory meal! The Command Center had their license plate by this point, and the license plate readers on the highway notified them of where the girls were. The girls thought the cameras couldn’t find them, but that wasn’t the case. The Hunters were able to catch up and drive right behind them.

I am the Deputy Commander of Intel and my team is made up of the best of the best cyber and intel investigators. This episode highlighted some of the fabulous brains and skills of Fortalice Solutions’ very own Charles DeBarber and Landon Stewart as well as the great case work by Aki, Connie, Zaira, Ben, Steven, and Betty.  

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Watch past episodes of Hunted!

Think you can outsmart the Hunters? Apply to be a fugitive in season 2: www.huntedcasting.com