Forget the stocking on the head so as not to be recognized and the blowtorch to cut the chest. Get rid of “Casa de Papel” style scenarios. Most bank heists take place today by cell phone : an unfortunate click on a link, a credit card number delivered to a fake bank advisor, a transfer to an account presenting all appearances of reliability, and these are tens, hundreds, even thousands of euros flying away. Those who have been tricked generally don’t really want to dwell on the episode: they are ashamed of having been naive, as if they had opened the front door to a burglar themselves.
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The comparison is not so absurd. Technologies are constantly being improved, but more often than not it is a human flaw that allows the loot to be taken. And to push their victims into error, cybercrooks use the same mechanisms – fear, urgency, panic – as thugs who shout “fire” or brandish false police cards in order to gain access to a home without break-in and in the presence of its occupant. The goal is to not give the target time to think and return to rational behavior.