Crying Wolf

As a information security professional, one of the red-flags used to compromise individuals is a false sense of urgency. Have you noticed that the silly message left in your voice mail includes “last chance,” “immediately”, “urgently”, etc.? That’s by design. Bandits wanting to steal your information, your money, or other possessions, are playing with your psychology.

So when climate activists claim “12 years until the world ends“, or that glaciers will be “gone by 2020” it’s a red-flag that they’re playing psychological games.