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In June, a company called Code Spaces fell prey to a hacker who had gained administrative access to its network, and to its customers' intellectual property. Ironically, Code Spaces offered technology companies a purportedly secure cloud-based code-hosting service that it could not protect. Its systems and reputation mortally wounded, the company was forced to shutter within days of the attack.Both JPMorgan Chase and Code Spaces were victims of human error and a common hacking technique known as phishing, which lures us into clicking on malicious links designed to pique our interest. It's a "social engineering" ploy (preying on human trust and natural curiosity) that is nearly 20 years old.How is it that large, sophisticated organizations (including big names in the data security business) manage to be fooled by such simple, unsophisticated tricks? Many companies are slow to adapt to these evolving threats.This brings us back to JPMorgan Chase and Alexander Pope.
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