It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything about security, and I love watching Leverage TV Series for their various con techniques. The latest episode uses the “Moonwalking Bear” con, is one of the many types of distraction con by using two cons interleaved together to distract the target by a main con while executing the real con right under the target’s nose without him realizing it.
As seen in the video above, if you concentrate on counting the number of passes the team in white makes, majority of the people will not be able to notice the “Moonwalking Bear” in the background. The same concept applies to this “Moonwalking Bear” con.
In order to make this successful, you’ll need the target to know that both cons are happening, but the distracting con will be the main focus with the knowledge that it will fail, while the “Moonwalking Bear” con will be downplayed in the background happening at the same time.
This is a fairly difficult con to execute because both cons needs to be well orchestrated to interleave with each other, together with providing enough distraction for the target to focus all his efforts on the main con, all the while letting the main con help the real con succeed. Furthermore, the target needs to already know there’s a con happening and wants to beat you at your own game.
Perfect for those who think they are smart enough to outwit you.