here… have a pill… what’s the worst that could happen?

What's the worst that could happen?

Spear phishing has been in the news quite a bit lately – it seems like just about all of the recent high profile hacks began with someone clicking on a link or opening a document.  Here’s a data point which seems to corroborate the innate sense of trust that leads people to do really stupid things. According to an entry in Bruce Schneier’s blog… in Istanbul, police dressed up as doctors, knocking on doors unannounced, were able to persuade 86% of subjects to take a pill.  And this is after a rash of crimes in which people who are not police did the same thing, using powerful sedatives to disable victims and ransack their homes.  My belief in knowledge of human psychology as the most powerful hacking tool remains strong.  Or maybe there is something in the water in Istanbul…



They Might Be Giants – Istanbul (Not Constantinople) from They Might Be Giants on Vimeo.

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