Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Look into the World of Social Engineering

Posted by OurTech Team | Thursday, July 21, 2011 | Category: |

If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
—Sun Tzu

Social engineering (SE) has been largely misunderstood, leading to many differing opinions on what social
engineering is and how it works. This has led to a situation where some may view SE as simply lying to
scam trivial free items such as pizza or obtaining sexual gratification; others think SE just refers to the
tools used by criminals or con men, or perhaps that it is a science whose theories can be broken down
into parts or equations and studied. Or perhaps it’s a long-lost mystical art giving practitioners the ability
to use powerful mind tricks like a magician or illusionist.
In whatever camp your flag flies, this book is for you. Social engineering is used every day by
everyday people in everyday situations. A child trying to get her way in the candy aisle or an employee
looking for a raise is using social engineering. Social engineering happens in government or small business
marketing. Unfortunately, it is also present when criminals, con men, and the like trick people into giving
away information that makes them vulnerable to crimes. Like any tool, social engineering is not good or
evil, but simply a tool that has many different uses.
Consider some of these questions to drive that point home:

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