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PsyberSecurity: Where Computer Security Meets Psychology

September 16, 2020

PsyberSecurity: Where Computer Security Meets Psychology

We have all heard stories of computers being hacked, but did you know that your brain can also be hacked? High-tech computer hacking can be difficult, especially when the target organization has invested many resources into cybersecurity technologies. Because of this difficulty, many cyber-attackers have discovered that it is often easier to convince someone with access to the target system or information to share this access with the attacker (either knowingly or unknowingly). Attackers essentially “hack” the individual’s brain to elicit compliance with their requests. To accomplish this, attackers use a technique known as social engineering, which relies on a phenomenon known as amygdala (pronounced uh-MIG-duh-luh) hijacking. Let’s look at how this works and what you can do to prevent your brain from being exploited in this way.

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