social engineering

noun

Definition of social engineering

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

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And that will happen without the massive, social engineering and insane corporate welfare being thrown at the industry. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: In Colorado you’re still paying for rich folks to buy a luxury second car," 7 June 2019 Former Metropolitan Council Chairman Peter Bell sees it as social engineering. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, "Housing Deregulation in Progressive Clothes," 21 Dec. 2018 But the suits say the sanctions amount to a ham-handed attempt at social engineering that backfired. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Harvard Faces Lawsuits Over Sanctions on Single-Sex Clubs," 3 Dec. 2018 And all social engineering is based on emotional response. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "How Hackers Talk Their Way Into Getting Company Secrets," 18 Sep. 2018 But because of the nature of MDM, successful takeover of devices would have required a substantial amount of social engineering to get users to go through all the steps voluntarily. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Hyper-targeted attack against 13 iPhones dropped malicious apps via MDM," 13 July 2018 Known to security researchers as the Carbanak group, the group used social engineering and phishing attacks to infiltrate businesses and steal financial data. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Ukrainian hackers arrested for stealing 15 million credit card records," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of social engineering

1899, in the meaning defined above

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social engineering

noun

English Language Learners Definition of social engineering

formal : 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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