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This month’s security awareness newsletter from SANS Institute focuses on the emotional triggers that cyber attackers use to trick you.

It all starts with emotions. We, as humans, far too often make decisions based on emotions instead of facts. There is, in fact, an entire field of study on this concept called “behavioral economics,” led by researchers such as Daniel Khaneman, Richard Thaler, and Cass Sunstein. Fortunately for us, if we know the emotional triggers to look for, we can successfully spot and stop most attacks. Listed below are the most common emotional triggers for which to watch. Sometimes cyber attackers will use a combination of these different emotions in the same email, text message, social media post, or phone call – making it that much more effective.

Read the newsletter here: SANS OUCH! Newsletter | Emotional Triggers – How Cyber Attackers Trick You | October 2022