The Psychology of Phishing

[Inspired by an article in the Kaspersky Lab Blog by Anastasia Gridasova linked here.] If I was to drop the words vulnerability and cyber-security in a conversation, most of my audience would consider errors in programming and security “loopholes” as being the only weaknesses that could be exploited. However, in many cases, the human users of computers are, in themselves, the “weakest link”. We all to a greater or lesser degree have vulnerabilities built into our brains that criminals will exploit for their own gain. These exploitation of these weaknesses are categorized under a broad term of “social engineering”...

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