The report encourages businesses to address and educate employees on the “six levers of influence” being used in the digital world by hackers. According to the report endorsed by the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), all businesses and employees should be aware of the basic persuasion techniques commonly used by cyber criminals. These techniques are used by cyber criminals to manipulate employees to do things they would not usually do, often resulting in the loss of money or valuable data. Many of these social engineering techniques are used in spam and phishing emails to trick employees into revealing login credentials and other key information or clicking on links to malware. The report comes just days after spear phishing attacks were identified as the key initial step in what has been described in the most daring cyber heist to date, believed to have netted up to $1bn. Bank computers and networks were breached by targeted phishing attacks, demonstrating the inherent weakness in the “human firewall” and the need to educate employees about the top persuasion techniques in use in the digital world, the report said. Despite the huge role played by social engineering in cyber attacks, a recent study by Enterprise […]
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