Top 4 examples of Social Engineering

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Welcome friends to our new post, An Informational post on the topic of social engineering with four examples is written here to clear the concept of social engineering…

ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɪs ɪᴛ?

ᴛʜᴇ ɢᴏᴀʟ ᴏғ ᴀɴ ᴇɴɢɪɴᴇᴇʀ ɪs ᴛᴏ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇ ᴀ ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ sᴏʟᴜᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ᴘʀᴏʙʟᴇᴍ. sɪᴍɪʟᴀʀʟʏ, ᴛʜᴇ ɢᴏᴀʟ ᴏғ ᴀ sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ ᴇɴɢɪɴᴇᴇʀ ɪs ᴛᴏ ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛᴇ ᴀ ᴅᴇsɪʀᴇᴅ sᴏʟᴜᴛɪᴏɴ ғᴏʀ ᴀ ᴘʀᴏʙʟᴇᴍ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ sᴇᴛᴛɪɴɢ. ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴜsɪɴɢ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴛᴏ ᴍᴀɴɪᴘᴜʟᴀᴛᴇ/ɪɴғʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇ/ᴅᴇᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ sᴏᴍᴇʙᴏᴅʏ.

ᴡʜᴀᴛ’s ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴏɪɴᴛ?

ᴛʜᴇ sᴛʀᴏɴɢᴇsᴛ ᴄʜᴀɪɴ ɪs sᴛɪʟʟ ʀᴇsᴛʀᴀɪɴᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴇᴀᴋᴇsᴛ ʟɪɴᴋ. ɪғ ʏᴏᴜ ᴇxᴘʟᴏɪᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴇᴀᴋ ʟɪɴᴋ, ʏᴏᴜ ʙʀᴇᴀᴋ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄʜᴀɪɴ ᴀɴᴅ ɢᴇᴛ ᴀᴄᴄᴇss ᴛᴏ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴡᴀɴᴛᴇᴅ. ʜᴜᴍᴀɴs ᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴇᴀᴋ ʟɪɴᴋ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʀᴜsᴛ ɪs ᴛʜᴇ ᴇxᴘʟᴏɪᴛ.

ɪ’ᴍ ᴋᴇᴇᴘɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪs ᴠᴀɢᴜᴇ ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴜʀᴘᴏsᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs ɴᴏ ʟɪᴍɪᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ᴀᴄʜɪᴇᴠᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ ᴇɴɢɪɴᴇᴇʀɪɴɢ.

ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ sᴇʟʟ sᴛᴏʟᴇɴ ɢᴏᴏᴅs ᴛᴏ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴘ, ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴡɪɴ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴀ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ, ᴏʀ ʙᴇᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇsᴛ ᴅᴀᴍɴ ᴘᴏʟɪᴛɪᴄɪᴀɴ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs.

ғᴏʀ ᴛʜɪs ʀᴇᴀsᴏɴ, sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ ᴇɴɢɪɴᴇᴇʀɪɴɢ ɪs ᴏɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ ᴘᴏᴡᴇʀғᴜʟ ғᴏʀᴍs ᴏғ ʜᴀᴄᴋɪɴɢ.

ʜᴏᴡ ɪs ɪᴛ ᴅᴏɴᴇ?

ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ’s ᴛᴏᴏ ᴍᴀɴʏ ᴍᴇᴛʜᴏᴅs ᴛᴏ ʟɪsᴛ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴀʟʟ (ᴍᴀɴʏ, ᴍᴀɴʏ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀ ᴏɴ ɢᴏᴏɢʟᴇ), ʙᴜᴛ ɪ ᴡɪʟʟ ɢɪᴠᴇ ᴀ ғᴇᴡ ᴇxᴀᴍᴘʟᴇs.

ᴛᴏ ɢɪᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀ ɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀʟ ɪᴅᴇᴀ ᴏғ ʜᴏᴡ ɪᴛ’s ᴘᴇʀғᴏʀᴍᴇᴅ, ᴋᴇᴇᴘ ᴏɴᴇ sᴜʙᴊᴇᴄᴛ ɪɴ ᴍɪɴᴅ; ᴍᴀɴɪᴘᴜʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.

ᴀʟᴍᴏsᴛ ᴀɴʏ ᴍᴀɴɪᴘᴜʟᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴀᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɢɪᴠᴇs ʏᴏᴜ ᴘᴏᴡᴇʀ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ɪɴᴅɪᴠɪᴅᴜᴀʟ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ᴄᴏɴsɪᴅᴇʀᴇᴅ sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ ᴇɴɢɪɴᴇᴇʀɪɴɢ.

ᴛᴏ ᴅᴏ ᴛʜɪs ᴇᴀsɪʟʏ, ᴏɴᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴘᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇᴍsᴇʟᴠᴇs ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍɪɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴ ʙᴇɪɴɢ ᴍᴀɴɪᴘᴜʟᴀᴛᴇᴅ. ʏᴏᴜ ᴍᴜsᴛ ʙᴇ ᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴘʀᴏғɪʟᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴ, ᴘʀᴇᴅɪᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛs, ᴀɴᴅ ɢᴜᴇss ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴇsᴛs.

ᴇxᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ 1: ɢᴀsʟɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ

ᴛʜɪs ɪs ᴀ ᴍᴇᴛʜᴏᴅ ᴜsᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ sᴏᴍᴇʙᴏᴅʏ ϙᴜᴇsᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴏᴡɴ sᴀɴɪᴛʏ. ʏᴏᴜ ʙᴇɢɪɴ ʙʏ ᴛᴇʟʟɪɴɢ ʙʟᴀᴛᴀɴᴛ ʟɪᴇs.

ᴛʜɪs ᴡɪʟʟ “ʜᴀᴄᴋ” ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴡᴏɴᴅᴇʀ ɪғ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ sᴀʏɪɴɢ ɪs ᴛʀᴜᴇ. ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴛʜɪs, ʏᴏᴜ ᴅᴇɴʏ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴ ɪs sᴀʏs, ᴇᴠᴇɴ ɪғ ᴛʜᴇʏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴘʀᴏᴏғ. ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴡɪʟʟ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ ғɪɢʜᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴏɴ ᴍᴏsᴛ ᴛʜɪɴɢs.

sᴏ ʙʀᴇᴀᴋ ᴅᴏᴡɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀʀɢᴜᴍᴇɴᴛ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ ᴡʜᴀᴛ’s ᴄʟᴏsᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ᴛᴏ “ᴡɪɴ.” ɢʀᴀᴅᴜᴀʟʟʏ, ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴡɪʟʟ ʙᴇɢɪɴ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇʟɪᴇᴠᴇ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴇs ʙᴇɪɴɢ ᴛᴏʟᴅ.

ᴇxᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ 2: ᴅᴏᴜʙʟᴇsᴘᴇᴀᴋ

ɪɴ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴇɴɢʟɪsʜ 101 ᴄʟᴀss, ʏᴏᴜ ᴍɪɢʜᴛ’ᴠᴇ ʟᴇᴀʀɴᴇᴅ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴅᴇɴᴏᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴄᴏɴɴᴏᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.

ᴅᴇɴᴏᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ɪs ᴀ ʟɪᴛᴇʀᴀʟ ᴍᴇᴀɴɪɴɢ ᴏғ ᴀ ᴡᴏʀᴅ. ᴄᴏɴɴᴏᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴇᴇʟɪɴɢs ɪɴᴠᴏᴋᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀᴅ. ᴅᴏᴜʙʟᴇsᴘᴇᴀᴋ ʙᴜɪʟᴅs ᴏғғ ᴛʜɪs ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇᴘᴛ.

ʙʏ ᴜsɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ʀɪɢʜᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴅs, ᴛᴏ ɪɴᴠᴏᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʀɪɢʜᴛ ғᴇᴇʟɪɴɢs, ᴀɴᴅ ᴘᴇʀsᴜᴀᴅᴇ sᴏᴍᴇʙᴏᴅʏ ᴛᴏ ᴀᴄᴄᴇᴘᴛ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ sᴀʏɪɴɢ ᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ. ᴡʜɪᴄʜ sᴏᴜɴᴅs ᴍᴏʀᴇ ʜᴜʀᴛғᴜʟ? “ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ ɪɴ ʜᴇʀ ʙᴇᴅ ʟᴀsᴛ ɴɪɢʜᴛ…” ᴏʀ “ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴅɪᴇᴅ ɪɴ ʜᴇʀ ʙᴇᴅ ʟᴀsᴛ ɴɪɢʜᴛ…”

ᴇxᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ 3: ᴘʜɪsʜɪɴɢ

ɪ’ᴍ ᴄᴇʀᴛᴀɪɴ ʏᴏᴜ’ᴠᴇ ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴀ ғᴀᴋᴇ ᴇᴍᴀɪʟ, ᴛʀʏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴛᴏ ᴄʟɪᴄᴋ ᴀ ʟɪɴᴋ, ᴀᴛ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴘᴏɪɴᴛ ɪɴ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʟɪғᴇ.

ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴄᴛ ᴏғ ᴍᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪs ᴇᴍᴀɪʟ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴜsɪɴɢ ᴡʜᴀᴛᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴛʀɪᴄᴋs ɴᴇᴄᴇssᴀʀʏ ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴛᴏ ᴄʟɪᴄᴋ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪɴᴋ, ɪs ᴄᴀʟʟᴇᴅ ᴘʜɪsʜɪɴɢ. ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ᴇᴍᴀɪʟs ᴄᴀɴ ʟᴏᴏᴋ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇʟʏ ʟᴇɢɪᴛɪᴍᴀᴛᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀ ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ sᴇɴᴅᴇʀs ᴇᴍᴀɪʟ ᴀᴅᴅʀᴇss.

ʙᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴇxᴛ ᴄᴀɴ ʙᴇ ᴄᴏᴘɪᴇᴅ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ sᴇɴᴅɪɴɢ ᴀᴅᴅʀᴇss ᴄᴀɴ ʙᴇ sᴘᴏᴏғᴇᴅ. ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴄʟɪᴄᴋ ᴏɴ ᴀɴ ᴇᴍᴀɪʟ, ᴜɴʟᴇss ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ ᴇxᴘᴇᴄᴛɪɴɢ ᴏɴᴇ ғʀᴏᴍ sᴏᴍᴇʙᴏᴅʏ.

ᴇxᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ 4: ᴇxᴘʟᴏɪᴛɪɴɢ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴ ᴄᴜʀɪᴏsɪᴛʏ

ᴍᴀɴʏ ᴏғ ᴜs ᴀʀᴇ ᴏɴ ᴛʜɪs ғᴏʀᴜᴍ ᴛᴏ ʟᴇᴀʀɴ, ᴀ sᴜʙsᴇᴛ ᴏғ ᴄᴜʀɪᴏsɪᴛʏ. ʏᴏᴜ ᴍɪɢʜᴛ’ᴠᴇ ᴡᴇɴᴛ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴄᴏᴜɴᴛʟᴇss ᴇ-ʙᴏᴏᴋs, ᴛᴜᴛᴏʀɪᴀʟs, ᴀɴᴅ ᴍᴇɴᴛᴏʀ sʜɪᴘs ᴛᴏ ʟᴇᴀʀɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴇᴛʜᴏᴅs ʏᴏᴜ ᴋɴᴏᴡ.

sᴏᴍᴇᴛɪᴍᴇs, ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ sʜᴀʀɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪs ɪɴғᴏʀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴡɪʟʟ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴍᴀʟɪᴄɪᴏᴜs ɪɴᴛᴇɴᴛ. ʏᴏᴜ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴғᴏʀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ɪs ᴄᴏᴍɪɴɢ ғʀᴏᴍ, ᴀɴᴅ ɪғ ᴛʜᴇʏ’ʀᴇ ʀᴇᴘᴜᴛᴀʙʟᴇ. ᴏɴᴇ ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ᴘᴜᴛ ᴍᴀʟᴡᴀʀᴇ ᴏɴ ᴀ ᴜsʙ ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴇᴀᴠᴇ ɪᴛ sᴏᴍᴇᴡʜᴇʀᴇ.

ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ɢɪᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀ ғʀᴇᴇ ᴇ-ʙᴏᴏᴋ ᴀɴᴅ ʙɪɴᴅ ɪᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴍᴀʟᴡᴀʀᴇ. ᴏʀ ʏᴏᴜ ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ʙᴇ ᴛᴇᴍᴘᴛᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴠɪsɪᴛ ᴀ ᴡᴇʙsɪᴛᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sᴛᴇᴀʟs ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴᴀʟ/ᴄᴏɴғɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪᴀʟ ɪɴғᴏʀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ. ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ʙᴇ ᴄᴀᴜᴛɪᴏᴜs, ᴀɴᴅ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴ sʜᴀʀɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴғᴏʀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.

ɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀʟ ᴘʀᴇᴠᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛᴇᴄʜɴɪϙᴜᴇs

  1. ᴅᴏ ɴᴏᴛ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡ ʟɪɴᴋs ғʀᴏᴍ ᴀɴ ᴜɴᴋɴᴏᴡɴ sᴏᴜʀᴄᴇ
  2. ᴍᴏɴɪᴛᴏʀ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴀᴄᴄᴏᴜɴᴛs ᴛᴏ ᴄᴀᴛᴄʜ sᴜsᴘɪᴄɪᴏᴜs ᴛʀᴀɴsᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs
  3. ᴜsᴇ ᴡᴇʙsɪᴛᴇs ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ ʜᴛᴛᴘs ᴘʀᴏᴛᴏᴄᴏʟ
  4. ʀᴇᴠᴇᴀʟ ᴠᴇʀʏ ғᴇᴡ ᴅᴇᴛᴀɪʟs ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ʏᴏᴜʀsᴇʟғ ᴏɴ sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴀ
  5. Do not post every activity on your social media accounts
  6. Do not Download any unknown apps from any unknown sources
  7. Do not share your credentials on any suspicious websites, surveys, etc.
  8. Try to be a smart one
  9. At last but not least, try to share your thoughts on this article.

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