How Penetration Testing Can Prevent Social Engineering Attacks

Social engineering techniques

1. Baiting

Baiting refers to the practice of tricking an intended target into providing sensitive data to malicious websites or apps with the false promise of a reward, such as a financial incentive.

2. Creepy Software

Scareware involves cybercriminals sending fake threats to individuals to scare them into divulging their data. Scareware tricks users into installing software that claims to protect their system but is actually malware itself.

3. Pretexting

Pretexting occurs when cybercriminals pose as colleagues, police, bankers, or other government officials and ask their targets to provide data, records, or personal information. Attackers strive to establish trust with their targets by acting as authority figures.

4. Phishing

Phishing, a very common social engineering technique, involves sending emails or text messages to targets and tricking them into providing sensitive information or following links that may contain malware.

5. Underwater Phishing

In spear phishing, a subtype of phishing, an attacker focuses on a specific target by impersonating a family member, friend, or co-worker. In this type of social engineering attack, the cybercriminal can pretend to be part of a business, such as an IT consultant, to persuade a high-priority target to provide sensitive business data and information.

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