Social Engineering

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Social engineering is the use of deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes


Looking over someones shoulder at a cash point in order to get their password


Receiving an email from a hacker pretending to by from your bank in order to gain access to your username and password


“Knowingly or recklessly obtaining or disclosing personal data or information without the consent of the data controller,” is how it is defined under the Data Protection Act 1998. E.g asking a colleague at work for the username and password and pretending to do an important task. This could cause a security breach


A technique to redirect internet traffic from a real site to a fake site in order to put malicious code on the users computer or to be asked for personal and financial details.