Benjamin Figueroa thinks this is interesting: Social engineering is the exploitation of the trusting nature of human beings to gain information for malicious purposes. From Chapter 1: Introduction to Ethical Hacking from Hacking For Dummies, 4th Edition by Kevin Beaver Publisher: For Dummies Released: January 2013 Note Share this highlight http://www.safaribooksonline.com/a/hacking-for-dummies/74070/ Twitter Facebook Google Plus Email Get Instant Access Now Start a Free Trial Have an account? Sign in. Minimise Unlock the rest of Hacking For Dummies, 4th Edition and 30,000 other books and videos By clicking this box, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions of our Membership Agreement, and you understand that when your trial period ends, you will be required to provide billing information if you wish to continue using the service. Unlock the rest of this book Start a Free 10-Day Trial loading Learn about Safari for Business Have an account? Sign in.