Security Investigate

The Changing Face of Vulnerabilities

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Executive Summary

Although social engineering does not play a role in all forms of security threats, McAfee Avert Labs has observed a growing trend recently: malware writers using social engineering to exploit software vulnerabilities. With the recent trends in vulnerabilities, social engineering is a force that is difficult to combat. No matter how many protection mechanisms vendors implement in their software and operating systems, effective social engineering can subvert them all as long as users continue to click on any link that they come across. One can't expect cyber laws to thwart social engineering any time soon (except for filing charges for fraud), but increased education can definitely help minimize losses and the impact on unsuspecting victims.

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