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Kim’s Take: Social engineering through the use of fake news

Social engineering is the phrase that describes how people with an agenda use real names and sites to spoof you.

Today, a tale of BlackRock, CNBC and the Financial Times.

The spoof was so elaborate that major media outlets reported it as factual news. BlackRock, the huge investment company, sent email that CEO Lawrence Fink was shifting investment strategies to save the environment.

What?

Then came the official press release calling the email a hoax. Both the email and press release pointed to a fake site with a few extra letters in the address programmed with links back to the real BlackRock site.

This scheme took a lot effort not to steal your money but to make a point, supposedly about environment issues.

Remember this the next time you find it hard to believe something you see online.

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