effort is being made today to groom fake online personas

Most people think of phishing attacks as flash-in-the-pan events; you get a contact that looks like spam, treat it as spam, and delete it. But criminal organizations are becoming better about social engineering via social media these days. And they are taking their time to create fake personas, groom contacts, and eventually gain trust enough to influence a target’s behavior to do something they normally wouldn’t, such as open a file. SecureWorks has one such story posted, and it’s eye-opening to see the amount of effort that an attacker may go through to target a particular person or organization. (Though to be fair, the web cam porn industry has probably been doing this for years, as have ‘revenge porn’ criminals, and state-sponsored espionage since the start of the internet.)

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