Seven Human Weaknesses That Cyber Criminals Exploit
Successful cybercrime often depends on the kindness of others – trusting souls who believe that Facebook message , LinkedIn request or Tweet they received is on the up-and-up. Understanding this vulnerability to social networking platforms is an IT imperative; nice people like your colleagues are easy pickings for cybercriminals operating in venues associated with friends and acquaintances -- especially if the bad guys are asking for help. “Compassion and urgency are common social engineering hooks for criminals,” said Christopher Burgess, senior security advisor to Cisco. “The individual seeking information will attempt to trigger the target’s basic human need to be helpful. The individual will also infuse a sense of urgency in their quest for information or specific action, with the expectation that you won’t have sufficient time to verify their credentials,” In the Cisco 2010 Annual Security Report, the company reveals the seven very human weaknesses that make employees vulnerable to malicious attacks.