It happened to John Podesta. It happened to Paul Manafort’s daughter: a type of computer hack called “spearphishing.” Spearphishing differs from typically clumsy mass-mail attempts to gain your online credentials. Social engineers target you alone — masquerading as someone you know — using your natural proclivity to trust against you to gain access to your online accounts. At GQ, Sarah Jeong willingly got spearphished in a bid to understand and share the latest shady tactics of computer baddies, so it doesn’t happen to you.
I Got Hacked So You Don’t Have To
Sarah Jeong | GQ | April 25, 2017 | 3,439 words