Headline-grabbing cyber hacks of email accounts belonging to celebrities, corporations, government officials and political campaigns are becoming the norm. Cybersecurity intended to guard against these acts brings to mind high tech computer hardware and software fixes delivered by knowledgeable IT professionals, who are expected to prevent network intrusions, stolen passwords, viruses, ransomware attacks and other hacks.
But the most recent notable cyber hacks were not caused by high tech espionage. Rather, they were the product of low tech social engineering – the use of deception to manipulate users into divulging confidential passwords and other personal information. This kind of hack takes many forms – examples include security alerts from what appear to be trusted websites to update passwords and phishing emails from what appear to be known, trusted contacts asking to download files or click on provided links.
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