In the latest video of our Security Culture series we talk about adversaries and some of the things they might be thinking about as they come at you in the real world. You can also listen in on our podcast.

For example, adversaries are engaging in spam campaigns targeting all of the folks who’ve suddenly found themselves working from home. I recently received a spam email message about a delivery confirmation for a “WiFi Extender” that I had supposedly purchased from Amazon for $250 with a $50 delivery charge.

Just seeing the email made me angry - I would never pay $50 for delivery, I’m a PRIME member darn it! - and I almost clicked through.

Then I realized that was the intent: I was being baited into taking an action. I never bought the extender from Amazon in the first place! Of course, on closer inspection, the email wasn’t from Amazon nor was the order link to the Amazon website.

This brief video/podcast talks about how an adversary might use anger, fear, or even jealousy in a time of heightened emotions to get you to do something you wouldn’t otherwise do.

The antidote:

Slow down, think straight, don’t get pushed into doing something that you wouldn’t normally do.

Or in Meme form:

KeepCalmHear

Matt Konda

Matt is a software engineer. He's our CEO and former Chair & OWASP Board Member.

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