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31 May 2017 @ 03:55 pm
People do not care much about their business email being hacked  
Couple of days ago a scam team, in order to sign up for premium membership on postjobfree.com -- hacked couple of real business emails: jdicken@c21patt.com and heidi@heidiburns.com
Both emails seems to belong to real estate agents.

I was able to find and reach actual owners of these email addresses on the phone.
They do not seem to be very concerned about their email addresses being compromised.
Both email owners confirmed that they did not make premium orders on our web site and then indicated that they prefer to continue with their other business instead of digging deeper into that email hacking ...

How much would you care if you learned that your email account was hacked?



Originally posted at: http://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/133205.html
 
 
 
Yaturkenzhensirhiv - a handheld spy: Веселый носорогyatur on May 31st, 2017 09:33 pm (UTC)
I would care a lot. But my real estate agent (who is generally a very cool and smart guy) probably wouldn't unless it has caused him an actual matetial loss. Perhaps this is one of the reasons he is a real estate agent and I am not :)
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on May 31st, 2017 09:42 pm (UTC)
It looks like real estate agents treat their email as a auxiliary communication tool (primary tools being face-to-face communication and phone).
So they do not really care if their email hacked.
Yaturkenzhensirhiv - a handheld spy: Веселый носорогyatur on May 31st, 2017 09:47 pm (UTC)
That's not what I meant.

Realtors extensively use email to send legal documents and drafts thereof, which sometimes contain a lot of identity-theft-risky info.

What I meant is they are generally less inclined to reflect on theoretical threats that did not cause any actual harm to themselves or someone they know.
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on May 31st, 2017 10:14 pm (UTC)
> they are generally less inclined to reflect on theoretical threats

So do these real estate agents make the right tradeoff (theorize less, react only if there is an actual practical harm already)?
Yaturkenzhensirhiv - a handheld spyyatur on June 1st, 2017 03:04 am (UTC)
It depends on the agent, I guess. I have an impression that most of them are not very good at what they do.

I would speculate that an average successful developer is more averse to risk than an average successful real estate agent, but my evidence is purely anecdotal.
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on June 1st, 2017 03:26 am (UTC)
> most of them are not very good at what they do

That is applicable to any profession: real estate agent or software developer.

> average successful developer is more averse to risk than an average successful real estate agent

That's true.
And that is how it should be:
- Real estate agent focuses on sales.
- Software developer focuses on building systems that last.