Fight the phish! – Naked Security

It’s the second week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021, and this week’s theme is an alliterative reminder: Fight Phish!

Unfortunately, it seems that anti-phishing tips often fall on deaf ears because phishing is an old cybercrime trick, and many people seem to think that this is what computers or mathematical analysts call a solved game.

Tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses outside of North America), for example, is a loose game because it’s easy to create a list of all possible games and figure out the best possible move from each game position on the list. (If none of the players make a mistake, the game will always be a draw.)

Even games that are enormously more complex have also been “solved” in this way, e.g. Pieces (draft) …

… and compared to playing pieces, it feels like seeing phishing scams as an easy competition that the recipient of the message must always win.

And if phishing is a “loose game”, isn’t it worth worrying about?