The Herd in Trouble

It might be at a risk of sounding a little supercilious, but the truth is human beings are capable of excelling in a wide spectrum of spheres. Our diverse skill set means we are able to progress on multiple fronts simultaneously without our making our efficiency suffer too much. However, if we are separating the best of our skills from the other lot, then it will definitely include our ability to communicate, comprehend, and form meaningful collaborations. It has been a major ingredient in our recipe of success as lot of ideas was bought into by the masses only when they saw their peers vouching for its brilliance. As limiting as it will probably sound in the grander scheme of things, this herd mentality has played a big part in bringing us to this point where we now have the command over almost everything.

Today herd mentality is observed in tech-driven platforms, which are swarming with users from all walks of life. It can be argued that this has helped us in enhancing the connectivity, but it has also created several easy targets for the hackers to exploit. The threat actors’ community is on a roll. They have been on the offense since the beginning of 2021and their plans to create wreak-havoc look as resolute as they have ever been. While their latest target is just one of the many, it also shows how herd mentality in humans can also cause severe issues.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that the webmail server of popular collaboration platform, Zimbra has two major security flaws that can potentially invade the email accounts of employees from all the companies that are using this tool at present. The reason why this issue can have devastating effects on a huge scale is because Zimbra’s clientele size. As per the reports, Zimbra currently serves over 200,000 businesses along with thousands of government and financial institutions that are fairly scattered and nearly all of them have high routinely email activity.

“Besides the confidential information and documents that are exchanged, an email account is often linked to other sensitive accounts that allow a password reset. Think about it, what could an attacker do with your inbox?” the report said, shedding light on potential danger.

It’s also conveyed that these malicious emails can carry crafty JavaScript payload, thus adding a sense of false legitimacy to it.

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