The FBI’s Cyber Division leads the nation’s efforts to investigate and prosecute internet crimes. Today’s columnist, Stu Sjouwerman of KnowBe4, writes about how government and intelligence agencies are engaged in an epic cyberwar and offers security teams ideas on how to improve cyber awareness at their organizations. (Source: FBI)

Governments and intelligence agencies are engaged in cyberwarfare on an epic scale. As issues discussed on the internet are frequently amplified in the media by organizations with vested interests, it’s become daunting for security pros to unravel the complex and constantly changing web of online allegiances. All this noise offers the perfect cover for cybercriminals, who are thriving today.

While fake news, manufactured outrage, and state-sponsored disinformation campaigns spread like wildfire through social media, enterprising criminals  seize the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon. Fabricated and manipulated content designed to spike emotions has become a fertile breeding ground for fraudsters and thieves. Cybercriminals are increasingly using common cyberwarfare techniques and exploiting existing controversies for their own ends. Vigilance, education, and security awareness training are required to combat this growing and insidious trend. Here are five ways the bad guys prey on their victims:

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