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Is It Legit to Use Fear as Part of My Pretext?

One question I get asked often is, “Chris, isn’t it legit to use fear as part of my social engineering pretext in a social engineering exercise?  I mean, after all, the bad guys are doing it.  Wouldn’t it be realistic?”  Well, I can’t argue with you that the bad guys are using FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) to attack us.  Especially with COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), we are seeing a massive influx in phishing emails, vishing calls, SMS attacks, and even impersonation attacks, surrounding the fear of this virus.  And I am sad to say, I have even seen some fellow […] Continue Reading >

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