Friday, 25 January 2013

The Seven Deadly Sins

The phenomenon of "social engineering" is behind the vast majority of successful hacking.

This isn't the hi-tech wizardry of Hollywood but is a good, old-fashioned confidence trick.

It's been updated for the modern age, and although modern terms such as "phishing" and "smishing" are used to describe the specific tricks used, they all rely upon a set of human characteristics which, with due respect to Hieronymus Bosch, you might picture as the "seven deadly sins" of social engineering.

To read a description of the Seven Deadly Sins go read my article on the BBC here.