We are by default, trusting souls (except for those few hardcore professionals in the security industry that have had this instinct removed at birth). We need to connect. We want to trust. We crave feedback.
But it’s this very instinct that creates a vulnerability in us all. And yet - would we do away with that faith in human nature that we love to see around us? Those of you that know me realise that I am not a security professional - more of a lifelong student of the human condition. My creative industry experience helps me understand what makes people tick - and more importantly - recreate behaviours that look authentic on screen. So when i saw this little stunt being performed by OUR industry (Media), I realised that social engineering had become mainstream.
They managed to convince five very smart, media savvy delegates that they were old friends with someone they'd NEVER met before.