In a study conducted by Pratkanis for the Consumer Fraud Research Group, he writes that investment-fraud victims seemed to be actually more knowledgeable about investing than were nonvictims, supporting the adage that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. He also describes the phenomenon of “mass customization,” in which con artists find out all they can about a customer and tailor their tactics to the person. One fraud artist who learned that a victim was religious managed to gain the woman’s trust by praying with her at the beginning of every conversation.@ The study is available via SM Online.
The 2014 Security Threat Report from Sophos explores the latest trends in cybersecurity and the most malicious threats to enterprises, government, and individuals on a global scale. The report looks at risks like targeted threats to financial accounts, Android malware, and the end of support updates for Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system.
Since 9-11, there have been more than 200 U.S.-based al Qaeda violent extremists arrested over a combination of 60-plus attempted and successful plots. In response, the Muslim Public Affairs Council has released the Safe Spaces Initiative: Tools for Developing Healthy Communities to help community leaders prevent extremist ideas from turning into dangerous actions.