The bad guys will try anything that they can to be able to reach their goals. While not all of them are the same and they have their own morality line, anything up to the point of that morality line is fair game. And the main tactic of getting what they want, even in the tech world, is to be able to use psychology. Psychology is a very important tool to the bad guys even if they do not know that they are using it. When you are trying to get someone to do what you want, you will either trying to persuade them by being nice or you will try to persuade them by using force. Either tactic is considered using psychology.
When you are online it is harder to try and sweet talk someone into doing what you want than it is to try and force them to do it. This is especially true when you are talking about trying to communicate with someone mainly through use of text. A person might not be able to tell what your true intentions are when you are mildly trying to convince them to perform some action. But if you are bold and threaten the person with something bad if they do not follow the actions that you are telling them then you are more likely to get the results that you are looking for. A threat is a lot easier to pull off online than the alternative.
But even the good guys use threats to get their point across. It might not be threats that they are going to harm your computer themselves. But they are threats that if you do not use their products then your computer will be hurt. Just look at the advertisement when it comes to some antivirus companies. They do this because it is a strategy that definitely works.
Some ways that black hat hackers use intimidation tactics
Now you might be thinking to yourself how are you intimidated when you are online? Well, if you are an educated person when it comes to the workings of the internet then you might not be intimidated. But if you are person who just goes online to check your email and do some casual web surfing on some popular web sites then there are a lot of tactics that the bad guys can use to intimidate you.
A popular tactic seems to be the one where they pretend as if your computer has been infected. They place a piece of malware code in an advertisement and when that advertisement is shown on your computer the code all of a sudden pops out. It tells you that your computer has been infected and it shows a graphic of a bunch of files being scanned. They want you to think that it is an active scan going on and that it is really finding malware in your system. In reality it is all fake. They then tell you that if you want to be able to get rid of the infection then you are going to have to pay a fee for the cure. This attack is one of the most successful malware attacks used on the internet. It fools a lot of people. It even fools the people who are considered heavy online users.
Another attack that is similar to this is when you are threatened by someone that there is something big in the world happening and you need to do an action that will make it stop. This can be something simple like a political leader that you do not like is about to pass a controversial law or something more serious like fake threats of nuclear war. Whatever message that will work to get you to click on the link is what they will do. This has less of a threat feel than the initial attack that we talked about earlier but the intentions are still the same. They want you to feel threatened so that you more easy to manipulate.
If the scare tactics didn’t work then you wouldn’t see both the good and the bad guys using them as much. You can pretty much put your money on that whenever something works online, you will see it over and over again. People wonder why does so much spam get sent every day? Because it works is the simple answer.
If you want to be able to surf online without feeling threatened then ignore all of the posts that do so. Do not fall victim to the shock promotion tactics of both the bad guys and the good guys. This way you will be able to know that your system will not be attacked because somewhere down the line you clicked on the wrong link.