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This is when the consequences can become dire at the level of entire economies as opposed to individuals. If you move beyond the common criminal and the common motive of quick money, the rationale and the attackers can get big and scary pretty quickly. At one end of that, there might be people interested in the public embarrassment of a large organization for political or personal beliefs. For example, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has been cited in a number of recent cases in which phishing e-mails led to the compromise of several media organizations, including the Associated Press (AP),1 CNN,2 and Forbes,3 just to name a few.

Now we’re talking about trade secrets, global economies, and national security. At this point, the consequences and fallout become clear to even the most uninformed citizen. S. 4 The companies are part of the nuclear and solar power and steel manufacturing industries. 5 All of this was initiated by some simple e-mails. I guess this is a long way of saying that phishing should matter to everyone, not just security nerds. indd 04:31:46:PM 03/06/2015 Page 3 4 Chapter 1 ■ An Introduction to the Wild World of Phishing you think about every day, but I’ll bet your bank account and credit score are something you do give thought to.

I brought them into my house the first day and found the perfect spot on the shelves in the basement for that toolbox. There it sat for a year. indd 06:55:32:PM 03/09/2015 Page xxviii Introduction xxix Then all of a sudden I had to cut something. I was so excited; I fi nally got to use my new tools! I got the toolbox and pulled out the circular saw. ” I looked at the blade, thought, “Yep, looks sharp,” and cut my board. It worked. I still had all my limbs and appendages, the board was cut, and the saw didn’t blow up.

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