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88 Privacy Breaches to Beware Of by Lyn Boxall, William Hioe, Kevin Shepherdson

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illustration 71 Don’t be social engineered!

Today, the term “social engineering”, as used in the context of information security, has taken on a very different meaning from its original conceptualisation. One definition is:

Social engineering is a non-technical method of intrusion used by computer hackers or cyber-criminals that relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking people into breaking normal security procedures.1

How do social engineers work?

Social engineers use a variety of methods to trick unsuspecting individuals into disclosing their personal data and other confidential information (such as their identity card number, password, ...

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