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Cyber Attacks From the Smoking Area

Hackers, thieves and fraudsters use various digital methods to attack and wreak havoc in companies. However, the threat does not always come directly from the internet. Sometimes it worms its way in via more mundane methods, i.e. the companies smoker lounge.

6 days ago
Source: themacx
Source: themacx

Hackers, thieves and fraudsters use various digital methods to attack and wreak havoc in companies. The industry is not lying idle and cyber security is becoming increasingly important in many companies even if there is still a great deal to be achieved. However, the threat does not always come directly from the internet. Sometimes it worms its way in via more mundane methods, i.e. literally through a company's own front door. "It can often be the case that the door is held open by a friendly employee and the intruder, who appears to have a trustworthy manner, is able to breeze into the building," explains Holger Radloff, a cyber security expert from Hamburg.

The smoking area trick is also a common tactic. When groups of employees go outside for a cigarette they often disperse into smaller groups or as individuals and then form a group again when they re-enter the office. If care is not taken, it is very easy for an extra person to casually join the group. An uninvited guest among the group of smokers may also get the chance to eavesdrop on the conversation and may be able to get wind of information relating to a company's security procedures. Holger Radloff therefore advises companies to alert their employees to the possible risk to prevent strangers from gaining unauthorised access. Holger goes on to explain, "It should not involve having to place people in the way in a physical sense; there should instead be a level of collective awareness."