If you are interested in computer programming and security, then you would have probably heard about the term – Social Engineering. But, ever wondered what it actually is?
Social Engineering is a way to intrude or we can even say, crack into any websites DBMS, servers, computers, ATMs, etc. This type of unauthorized access is heavily relied on human interactions and involves playing a bluff game and tricking people. So basically, a social engineer tries to find the information that can compromise the system, he gets it by winning the confidence of the person who already has access to the important information, like – passwords, ip, SQL queries, Server security encryption, etc.
Who uses it?
People who write viruses use social engineering tactics to persuade the people to run the malware, worm, viruses, etc. Even pishers use it to steal the log in information (of a particular website.) of people.
The world famous hacker (now turned security professional), Kevin Mitnik used social engineering for various notorious acts like –