Jul 17, 2020 Twitter Hack and the Obvious: Part Deux
In my previous post, I pointed out that the Twitter hack was just an example of a phishing scam–the same old scam that’s been around since the dawn of the Internet. The basic flaw is gullible (if smart) humans trusting people they shouldn’t, for stupid reasons.
That’s true, and yet it’s just half the story. The other half is that the root cause was reportedly social engineering: A Twitter employee was reportedly paid to hand over the keys to the kingdom.
Social engineering. Insider threat. Succumbing to phishing. There’s nothing new or sophisticated about any of these. Human nature is immutable. This isn’t some new, whizbang, advanced technological cyberattack that even the mighty Twitter fell prey to.
It’s basic old social engineering tactics, just applied to a new age of supposedly tech-savvy individuals.
People seem to have this idea that things “advance” and “progress”, but human nature is human nature, and it’s probably been pretty much the same for the past 10,000 years (at least).
Social engineering worked in the days of abacuses and tablets, and it will continue to work when Twitter and its peers are a distant memory.The only lesson to learn here is that you can change the technology, but you can’t change human nature. People will take money to do bad things, and all the technology in the world won’t stop that.
And smart people will stupidly fall prey to get-rich-quick scams in the year 2,400 just as they did the year zero.
Plus ça change…