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Syrian rebels fall for the oldest trick in the book

Syrian rebels fall for the oldest trick in the book
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In the hacking world, as in the spy world, the oldest trick in the book is the honeypot. I'm sure you know what it is even if you haven't heard that exact term before. A honeypot scam is a way to get goods or information from someone by seduction.

A classic sweetheart scam on a dating site is a form of a honeypot scam. People are still falling for it after all these years. Now, a group of Syrian rebels has coughed up battle plans to pro-government hackers.

How in the world were members of the Syrian rebel army tricked into giving away information? It was pretty clever, actually.

First contact was made through Skype, where the targets were asked how old they were and if they were using a computer or a smartphone. Then the targets were sent a racy photo that was more than met the eye.

Next page: Find out how a photo was the key to this honeypot scheme. 
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