You’re not as smart as you think you are: Phishing with Covid-19 as bait

You’re not as smart as you think you are: Phishing with Covid-19 as bait

Posted September 16, 2020

You’re not as smart as you think you are: Phishing with Covid-19 as bait

  • Targeting people, instead of systems, is the fastest and most results-driven method of hacking. The reason for this is due to the Dunning-Kruger effect, a cognitive bias where people overestimate their knowledge or ability in a certain area.
  • In the case of network security, people overestimate their ability to gauge risky behavior online.
  • COVID-19 is a top-of-mind concern that sets the stage for an emotional response. It depends on the individual, but the odds of an emotional response are quite high.

– Phil Trainor | September 16, 2020