Deception in the Digital Age - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124116306, 9780124116399

Deception in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Exploiting and Defending Human Targets through Computer-Mediated Communications

eBook ISBN: 9780124116399
Paperback ISBN: 9780124116306
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 23rd June 2017
Page Count: 284
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Deception in the Digital Age: Exploiting and Defending Human Targets Through Computer-Mediated Communication guides readers through the fascinating history and principles of deception—and how these techniques and stratagems are now being effectively used by cyber attackers. Users will find an in-depth guide that provides valuable insights into the cognitive, sensory and narrative bases of misdirection, used to shape the targeted audience’s perceptions and beliefs.

The text provides a detailed analysis of the psychological, sensory, sociological, and technical precepts that reveal predictors of attacks—and conversely postmortem insight about attackers—presenting a unique resource that empowers readers to observe, understand and protect against cyber deception tactics.

Written by information security experts with real-world investigative experience, the text is the most instructional book available on the subject, providing practical guidance to readers with rich literature references, diagrams and examples that enhance the learning process.

Key Features

  • Deeply examines the psychology of deception through the lens of misdirection and other techniques used by master magicians
  • Explores cognitive vulnerabilities that cyber attackers use to exploit human targets
  • Dissects the underpinnings and elements of deception narratives
  • Examines group dynamics and deception factors in cyber attacker underground markets
  • Provides deep coverage on how cyber attackers leverage psychological influence techniques in the trajectory of deception strategies
  • Explores the deception strategies used in today’s threat landscape—phishing, watering hole, scareware and ransomware attacks
  • Gives unprecedented insight into deceptive Internet video communications
  • Delves into the history and deception pathways of nation-state and cyber terrorism attackers
  • Provides unique insight into honeypot technologies and strategies
  • Explores the future of cyber deception


Information Security professionals of all levels, system administrators, forensic examiners, CIOs, CSOs, IT managers, InfoSec consultants, risk management consultants. criminologists, sociologists, attorneys, law enforcement officers

Table of Contents

1. The Psychology of Deception
2. Virtual Myths: Internet Urban Legend, Chain Letters, and Warnings
3. Viral Influence: Deceptive Computing Attacks through Persuasion
4. Social Dynamics of Deception: Cyber Underground Markets and Cultures
5. Phishing, Watering Holes, and Scareware
6. Seeing is not Believing: Deceptive Internet Video Communications
7. e-Jihad: Jihadist Use of Cyber Denial and Deception
8. Asymmetric Warfare and Psyops: Nation State Sponsored Cyber Attacks
9. Sweet Deception: Honeypots
10. Looking Forward


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