The History of Hacking

Social engineering state-of-the-art in 1999. This email contained the Melissa virus embedded in a Word document (“Important Message!”), infecting and spreading itself immediately when opened:

Social engineering state-of-the-art in 2016. This email contains yet another document virus (“Highly secured!”), still running arbitrary macro code when allowed by the end user. Not too difficult to get past, considering that people simply try their best to do their job:

Indeed, very little has changed. But why?

It is time to advance security awareness and training. And put together technology that don’t expose people to unnecessary risk.


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