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The Infodemic

Infomania, Social Engineering and the Pandemic - Break the Chain
Adarsh Nair, Greeshma M R
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Genre: Computers & Internet, Information Technology
Language: English
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Infomania is a syndrome of the present. At a time of crisis or emergency, the information ‘hunger’ shoots up, the Internet being the primary feed. Amidst the lockdown, to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic and the increase in telecommuting, cyberspace has become more active than ever, and online interactions have skyrocketed. Producing and propagating all kinds of information related to the pandemic has become an agenda of many, which has now turned into what WHO calls – “Infodemic.” The COVID-19 pandemic has created an Infodemic in a direct proportion.

Cyber attackers have jumped in to monetize the situation by exploiting the infomania to carry out social engineering campaigns ranging from simple threats to more demanding ransomware attacks.

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The weakest link in any security system is the human being.”

Social Engineering works on the principle of ‘exploiting the weakest link.’ It tricks the user into revealing confidential information by carrying them to a custom platform to execute the attack. A majority of successful cyberattacks uses a combination of social engineering strategies and technology implementations. By mindless consumption and sharing of information, we may become the nodes of propagation of potential threats.

Let’s Break this Chain too! Just like washing your hands, best practices of information hygiene need to be followed in cyberspace also.

“Always be a smart and responsible consumer or supplier of internet resources.”

About the Authors

Adarsh Nair is an information Security Professional with expertise in Information Security Auditing, Risk Management, Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing, Digital Forensic Investigation, and a wide range of vulnerabilities & threats identification and mitigation. He has done his masters in Information Security and bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering. His certifications include CISSP, CRT, OSCP, LPT, ECSA, CPSA, CHFI, CEH, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ISO 22301 Lead Auditor, ISO 31000 Lead Implementer, etc. He has received an Award from Chief Minister of Kerala for outstanding contribution to the Cyber Security domain in 2017, the top-contributor recognition from Kerala State Police Chief in 2018 and 2019, and hall of fame from Google, SAP, Intel, etc. He has participated in discussions, shared his views, and wrote articles on Ransomware, Financial Frauds, Phishing, Social Engineering Attacks, Dark Net, etc. in various print and visual media. Delivered talks on Information Security topics at various national and international conferences. He has two international research publications in ACM and IEEE journals. Website:

Greeshma M R is an entrepreneur, author, and freelance writer. She writes articles, poems, and is an online content creator. She has an educational background in Information Technology and Translational Engineering. Her interest areas include the Interaction of Technology & Humans, Sustainable Development, Gender & Society. Facebook:

Book Details

ISBN: 9789354078088
Publisher: Independently Published
Number of Pages: 192
Dimensions: 5.00"x8.00"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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