Definitions for social engineering
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word social engineering
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the application of the findings of social science to the solution of actual social problems.
Origin of social engineering:
The practice of tricking a user into giving, or giving access to, sensitive information, thereby bypassing most or all protection
Use of propaganda by an authoritarian government to sway perceptions and attitudes of its own citizenry
Social engineering, in the context of information security, is understood to mean the art of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. This is a type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or gaining computer system access. It differs from traditional cons in that often the attack is a mere step in a more complex fraud scheme. "Social engineering" as an act of psychological manipulation had previously been associated with the social sciences, but its usage has caught on among computer and information security professionals.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
Term used among crackers and samurai for cracking techniques that rely on weaknesses in wetware rather than software; the aim is to trick people into revealing passwords or other information that compromises a target system's security. Classic scams include phoning up a mark who has the required information and posing as a field service tech or a fellow employee with an urgent access problem. See also the tiger team story in the patch entry, and rubber-hose cryptanalysis.
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