Hacker Personas: The Impersonator

A Deeper Look Into Cybercrime

Published March 2021


Today’s cybercriminals are masters at exploiting basic human trust and impersonators have unfortunately perfected this technique. Pretending to be someone else, these hackers rely on vulnerabilities to manipulate their victims into opening doors to systems or unwittingly sharing sensitive data such as passwords or banking details. What makes this type of cybercriminal a massive threat is their expert ability to hide in plain sight, often masking their true intentions behind seemingly innocuous requests or legitimate-looking websites.

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