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Psychology of scams: The emotional traps to watch out for

Criminals are using age-old techniques to manipulate the way we think and act, leaving us vulnerable to scams. IDCARE counsellor Suli Malet-Warden explains the psychological games that scammers play to entrap their victims. The romance scam During the grooming stage, the criminal works on eliciting a high level of trust to manipulate the victim into what the criminal terms the ‘ether state’. This state is characterised by high oxytocin levels which are increased through ‘love bombing’; validating the victim, telling him or her how wonderful they are, sending love notes and love poems through the day and relentlessly, emotionally bombarding them with ‘love vibes’. Read More….

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Let hackers in — experts say traps might be better than walls


Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

SEOUL – Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say digital security is beyond due for an overhaul. Their message: Neutralize attackers once they’re inside networks rather than fixating on trying to keep them out. First they need to convince a conservative business world to gamble on a different approach. And having sold generations of defensive systems that consistently lagged behind the capabilities of the most advanced hackers, the industry itself must overcome skepticism it’s flogging another illusion of security. According to U.S. cybersecurity company FireEye, 229 days is the median length of time attackers lurk inside their victim’s computers before being detected or revealing themselves, underscoring the weakness of conventional tools in identifying sophisticated intruders. The traditional defenses must “have a description of the bad guys before they can help you find them,” said Dave Merkel, chief technology officer at FireEye Inc. “That’s just old and outmoded. And just doesn’t work anymore. There’s no way to guarantee that you never are the victim of cyberattack.” Merkel said in the worst case he knows of, attackers […]

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