What does social engineering mean?

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  1. social engineering(Noun)

    The practice of tricking a user into giving, or giving access to, sensitive information, thereby bypassing most or all protection

  2. social engineering(Noun)

    Use of propaganda by an authoritarian government to sway perceptions and attitudes of its own citizenry


  1. Social engineering

    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

  1. social engineering

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of social engineering in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of social engineering in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tom Kellermann:

    They sit and watch regular communications to understand when somebody would be most receptive to a specially crafted social-engineering email instructing them to make the transfer.

  2. Joe Gallop:

    There are a number of other things that can contribute [to the threat], including motivation, creativity in social engineering and propaganda, and a lack of fear of law enforcement.

  3. Jack Keane:

    Social engineering was a distractor from what the main mission of the United States military was about, we were involved in conflict and war, and these reforms achieved a level of prominence that subordinated the issue of war itself.

  4. Donald Trump:

    If I give you the wrong product you can do all of the social engineering in the world and you're not going to get anything, i've done my job. I'm the product -- the product is me in a sense. But you know you can have all the data in the world if you don't have the right person okay.

  5. Pat McDonough:

    I think it's nonsense, the overall policy which is coming out of the White House -- it is coming out of President Obama's philosophy of social engineering on steroids -- we're going to make everybody better if we move everyone to Kingsville. … It’s a failure and is destined to fail.

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