What is social engineering?

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Social engineering is an attack technique in which people are manipulated into performing actions or leaking confidential data.

Often defined as an act of psychological manipulation, the most common type of social engineering happens over the phone, wherby the person calling pretends to be another person, usually a trusted authority figure like a bank employee or a member of the police, and tells an elaborate lie in order to trick the victim into divulging personal information.

In the context of IT, the most popular type of social engineering is phishing, a technique which is again used to extract confidential data.

 

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