social engineering

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Definition of social engineering 

: management of human beings in accordance with their place and function in society : applied social science

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Further Reading How a college student tricked 17k coders into running his sketchy script This isn’t the first time Python’s official PyPI repository has been abused to carry out this type of social engineering attack. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Two new supply-chain attacks come to light in less than a week," 23 Oct. 2018 Companies are getting wise to social engineering, however. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "How Hackers Talk Their Way Into Getting Company Secrets," 18 Sep. 2018 Designed for security researchers performing social engineering attacks, the system automatically locates profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other networks based on a name and picture. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "New facial recognition tool tracks targets across different social networks," 8 Aug. 2018 These details, coupled with social engineering tricks, can gain access to your banking accounts, your social media profiles, and your online services. Kim Komando, Fox News, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 5 May 2018 These details, coupled with social engineering tricks, can gain access to your banking accounts, your social media profiles, and your online services. Kim Komando, Fox News, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 5 May 2018 These details, coupled with social engineering tricks, can gain access to your banking accounts, your social media profiles, and your online services. Kim Komando, Fox News, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 5 May 2018 Expulsion for unruly students is now virtually impossible due to liberal social engineering. WSJ, "Better Pay Won’t Solve School-Structure Ills," 29 May 2018 There are two ways to pull off this social engineering trick, Mack told me. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—Apple iPhone Phishing Trick, Zscaler as Best Tech IPO, Facebook Fails," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of social engineering

1899, in the meaning defined above

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social engineering

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English Language Learners Definition of social engineering

: the practice of making laws or using other methods to influence public opinion and solve social problems or improve social conditions

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