Actually, it would take a 5 minute call at worst. "Hey - did you just email me for root access? No? You need to change all your passwords, then. Someone just tried to hack us pretending to be you."
Thats kind of a broad assumption DudelRok. Not all Network Admins are failed Masters of Business Atrocities. I would assume that a company that looks into computer security as their main practice would hire a qualified person to do the job. I'm just pointing out that if you do your research and due diligence that anyone is vulnerable to the verbal games that are part and parcel to social engineering.
I didn't say, "All." The current job market for networking administration, though, wants any kind of degree and your network certifications; that's it. And just because someone is qualified, doesn't make them suddenly any less stupid
. Otherwise, yes... anyone is vulnerable to predatory behavior.
I'm, more-so, saying that what happened isn't as big an "OMG" as the news outlets want us to believe. For one, all Anonymous did (and ever does) was hack a few email and Twitter accounts, and probably by guessing security questions. They are not much more than a group of organized con-men with computers, and con-men tend to go for easy targets. (Con-men also don't stop until said target is bone dry and left with nothing.)
...and I can't comment about the security business, itself, but I'm curious as to the kind of security they actually do. It's a vague word and while some computer/cyber based security is in networking, a lot of it is more on internal fail-safes and firewalls... next to which is education on computer safety (which someone in the company obviously needs). I couldn't get much on the company with Google-fu but that's because they are currently on lock-down for obvious reasons.