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The 7 Best Social Engineering Attacks - Lessons Learned

The 7 Best Social Engineering Attacks - Lessons Learned | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Seven reminders of why technology alone isn't enough to keep you secure.

   

While technology has made some kinds of fraud more difficult to commit, it's created all sorts of new opportunities for adaptable fraudsters. And even the very strongest security technology can be overcome by a clever social engineer. That's part of the reason security awareness training for end users is so essential.
     

"Executives 'get it' right away," says Wombat Security president and CEO Joe Ferrara, about awareness training. "The people who are harder to convince are...the die-hard technologists who don't want to leave [anything] in the hands of the user." 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

There's social engineering via politics & there's social engineering that means: "anyone can be a target," from the comments.

Also commented:  " Some phishing emails are so good that high trained security people can fall for them."


Tips from XMarkstheSpot:   Great article!   "The rule I use ...is not click links in emails, including unsubscribe, unless the email is expected, such as one as confirmation during new account setup. ...never click on attachments either unless they are expected.  I have within Spyshelter (anti-keylogger) where I can save an attachment, right click the file and on the pop-up menu click 'Spyshelter-> Check it on VirusTotal'; it uploads to virustotal.com . It's then scanned by over 50 antivirus software products. 



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Another perspective on Obama's Funeral Selfie: Why Context Matters

Another perspective on Obama's Funeral Selfie: Why Context Matters | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

"In politics, image is king, and every politician knows it. President Obama knows it more than most, having been having been caught in one or two pictures that hand his opponents, rightly or wrongly, a gift of a story."


Excerpted:

First of all, this wasn't strictly a funeral; certainly not the solemn dressed-in-black occasion we often associate with the term. It was a four-hour stadium-sized memorial celebrating the life and works of the beloved Madiba, a riot of colorful dancing and singing. Think New Orleans meets the World Cup.


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...it would be churlish (and diplomatically inept) to refuse ...
   

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... " it was Thorning-Schmidt taking the picture...it would be churlish (and diplomatically inept) to refuse — especially if the sober British Prime Minister David Cameron was already in on the fun."

"...add speech balloons. Perhaps Thorning-Schmidt is saying, "Let's commemorate this amazing moment and the life of an incredible man with a joyous group photo." Maybe Michelle is thinking, "Man, I wish there were room for me in that picture." 

http://mashable.com/2013/12/10/obama-funeral-selfie/

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The media website, Mashable, added to stirring up a political media frenzy by posting this seemingly injudicious selfie early in the day. Later, they offered a 2nd post with "context."  Page views may, in the end, win the day, for their business model.

It does cause us to pause and ask, "Is there another perspective?"   Just about always, there is.   As negative commentary was was shared on many Facebook pages, the question became, "Why be the judge & jury, especially if your politics are hanging out?"


From what I've seen from the videos of the Mandela memorial event in the stadium and on my Facebook timeline, the"celebration" focus of the event, far from US  "funeral" ethnocentric views,  wins the day.  ~  D

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