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The Lazy Habits of Phishing Attackers
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7/31/2017 | 1:45:51 PM
Lazy Hackers, Lazy Architecture
I've often equated to level of sophistication of a hack to the complexity of the infrastructure used in the hack, or penetrated by the hack.  With millions of would be techies out there, the number of one-off domains with shopping carts, emails and PayPal accounts is in the multi-millions.  The number of those that are sophisticated (look like Amazon.com for instance) is incredibly low.  The reason for this, and the reason so many hackers - in this case, phishers - are lazy is that the architecture behind the infrastructure is old and lazy; time to market pushes sophistication out the door in some cases and leaves users vulnerable.  We in tech should never expect our users to be sophisticated.  Instead we need to be, and to make use of tech easy and highly secure.  Yet in most cases when it comes to domains, email and websites we simply don't.  No, these cyber criminals are lazy because they know the tech behind the platforms they exploit are also lazy.  We can't blame the users who fall for phishing scams.  They are not the ones tasked with providing a secure product.


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