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1/20/2018 | 3:38:54 PM
With emails, our prime assumption is that emails come from people.
Social-engineering email attacks have links to classic magic show acts - the performer uses our assumptions and expectations, developed through experience, to get us to see what's not there, or not notice what is. 

With emails, our prime assumption is that emails come from people, rather than from the programmed execution of code residing in a number of machines.  Next is the assumption that the name in the "From:" header is that of the "person" or entity sending the email.  Then we have the primal assumption that an email is an object, sealed by the sender, traveling directly from sender to recipient, its contents unobserved or altered. 

It's not surprising that so many carry forward the assumptions from a traditional mail, metaphor.  Many others know these technologies of digital networks, and social-engineering, well enough to exploit the vulnerabilities in the mechanisms and those who rely on them.  Conscience brings some of these to help; lack of conscience brings others to a smorgasbord of opportunities to exploit our misconceptions about email. 


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