social engineering


Definition of social engineering

1 : management of human beings in accordance with their place and function in society : applied social science
2 : social methods (such as phishing) that are used to obtain personal or confidential information which can then be used illicitly The previously noted trend of switching from social engineering to hacking methods in attacks on organizations strengthened …San Fernando Valley (California) Business Journal

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Other Words from social engineering

social engineer noun, plural social engineers

Examples of social engineering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using social engineering tactics, the attackers tricked Mailchimp customer support employees into handing over their login credentials. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 4 Apr. 2022 Instead, what the infected app actually does is use social engineering tricks to steal your Facebook login details. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 22 Mar. 2022 The CryptoRom scammers rely heavily on social engineering. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2022 In most cases, a vulnerability is exploited through social engineering or exploitation. Robert Boudreaux, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 The scam uses social engineering and fraudulent apps to steal money from its unsuspecting victims. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 18 Mar. 2022 Bad actors are often able to extract information from them through phishing, social engineering, or other means. Neil Mcallister, PCMAG, 4 Mar. 2022 Mac users should learn how to spot social engineering lures, such as unsolicited popups appearing in browser windows that warn of infections or unpatched software. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2022 Such social engineering, and patrician largesse, can reek of neo-colonialism—a charge that Shuttleworth doesn’t dismiss. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of social engineering

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Apr 2022

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“Social engineering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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