I came across an article that I felt fitting of this forum. The semblance of this article is that of technology and the security that entails
technology to show how security software designers often forget the "human element" in regards to creating proper securities to prevent people from
However, it started to take on a different meaning for me once I made it to the "lessons" section. I frequent ATS and as I was reading the article I
began to put thought to the "psychology" they were mentioning in that these techniques could very well play a huge role in nearly EVERYTHING that is
presented to one on a daily basis through the multiple forms of information and media sources that most everyone is exposed to in some fashion
Here is an excerpt of the article regarding the "lessons" to give one an idea of just how vulnerable one may very well be, despite the "it will
never happen to me, I am too smart to be scammed
" mentality that more than likely we have all felt at one time or another. Many a smart fella has
fallen victim to scams throughout history I'm sure.
They assert that human element is very often the weakest link when it comes to protecting a system, and that security engineers should delve into
the victim psychology to prevent their end user from becoming one.
1. The Distraction principle - While you are distracted by what retains your interest, hustlers can do anything to you and you won’t notice.
2. The Social Compliance principle - Society trains people not to question authority. Hustlers exploit this “suspension of suspiciousness” to make
you do what they want.
3. The Herd principle - Even suspicious marks will let their guard down when everyone next to them appears to share the same risks. Safety in numbers?
Not if they’re all conspiring against you.
4. The Dishonesty principle - Anything illegal you do will be used against you by the fraudster, making it harder for you to seek help once you
realize you’ve been had.
5. The Deception principle - Things and people are not what they seem. Hustlers know how to manipulate you to make you believe that they are.
6. The Need and Greed principle - Your needs and desires make you vulnerable. Once hustlers know what you really want, they can easily manipulate
7. The Time principle - When you are under time pressure to make an important choice, you use a different decision strategy. Hustlers steer you
towards a strategy involving less reasoning.
The big question is, how many people can be scammed at once, for how long, and on what scale? I leave it open for discussion.