Social engineering is the act of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information.

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Possible to prevent Juice Jacking by only connecting USB pins 1 & 4?

According to this accepted answer, there is no phone on the market today that is immune from "Juice Jacking"*. I think an easy way to mitigate this threat is to have a filter that blocks USB pins 2 ...
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Will this work? Revealing identity (facebook) of person who clicks specially crafted link

There is a special Facebook link that will redirect anyone who clicks it to their own Facebook profile they are currently logged in on on their browser. The link goes like this: ...
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Best way to handle identity theft incident?

A user's email is hacked, contacts copied, and similar emails (look alike emails with minor spelling differences) are created by the attacker with the same name and avatar, sending relatively well ...
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Automating Social Engineering Prevention

Being an advocate for DIO (defensive information operations), I have always been concerned about social engineering and its relation to server security. Giving administrative access to staff members ...
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E-mail Server Security

In recent news, Bitcoinica was compromised by an e-mail server infiltration. The hacker then applied social engineering, using one of the administrative e-mail accounts to reset the root credentials ...
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When a company asks to test physical security, what are some techniques one could use to gain entry?

When a company asks to test physical/infrastructure security, what are some techniques one could use to test employees? This could include good excuses to gain access to some hardware/software.
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How to educate users about the dangers of social engineering?

What would be the best way to teach and test employees on the topic of social engineering? What topics would you include?
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How to mimic an emotion?

Microexpression is a brief facial expression according to emotions experienced. It is also one of the most powerful SE (social engineering) weapons. However, they are very hard to master. Are they ...
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What is reverse social engineering?

What is reverse social engineering? Is it something different from normal social engineering?
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Theory X vs Theory Y in social engineering

Theory X and Theory Y are two models of human motivation, often used when discussing people-management in business. In short, Theory X postulates people are lazy, will avoid work, and require ...
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How can we get into the user's mindset?

As security folk, we tend to over- or under-estimate the capabilities and educatedness of our users, especially in terms of resistance to social engineering attacks. Stereotypically, this is due to ...
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What is social engineering, how does it relate to security and how can it affect my business? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is social-engineering an actual threat What is social engineering? Can you give me some examples? Can social engineering have a big impact on business?
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Has cryptography reached the development level where social engineering is the only reliable method of attack?

Note that for the purpose of this question, "social engineering" means extracting information from humans, be your methods compliant with Geneva Conventions or not. Simply put: Do cryptographic ...
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How do online accounts get hacked?

How does your typical users run-of-the-mill Facebook/twitter/gmail/AIM/etc account get hacked? Is it simply a matter of a weak password? Are they typically the victim of phishing or other social ...
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What is the Ethics and Legality of Grabbing Data from Social Networks to aid a Pentest?

What is the ethics and legality of developing and using a tool to grab data on employees in the client's company in social networks such as facebook, twitter and linkedin. The data should then be used ...
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How can I help an online identity theft potential victim?

I just learned that my dad fell for a online green card lottery scam. It happened over 3 years ago, the attacker took 60$ and disappeared. I am not even considering getting this money back. On the ...
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“Doxing” users on Social Media

I hope this question falls within the scope of the faq...I'm curious to see what kind of answers I get. Suppose the following A user is posting libel and slander on social media (lets say Twitter ...
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How secure is Stack Exchange's reputation?

I recently read an article about researchers being able to penetrate the Facebook network and making lots of friends with about 100 "Social" bots. What would prevent somebody to do the same on Stack ...
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Are Facebook, Yahoo, Google, etc. hackable?

What I would consider to be hacking one of these services is something along the lines of cracking databases (or I think what would be databases). In reality, I have no idea how sites like these store ...
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Industrial security — resources for ISO27k compliance, social-engineering trend reports

I'm attempting to compile resources on industrial IT security from a non-technical standpoint as it pertains to the U.S petrochemical industry. This is for my final research paper as an undergraduate ...
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Security Training for corporate Facebook users

One of my clients is looking at allowing their employees to access Twitter and Facebook from work. I have highlighted the need for training, and I have material to present, but what do you think ...
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Mitigating risk from electronic payments

When attempting to sell a product online (for instance, on craigslist) there is a very good chance you will be the target of a social engineer; this is especially true when you are selling high-value ...
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Why would someone register a Facebook account with a stolen email address?

I witnessed an interesting attack today. Someone was able to register a new Facebook account with the email address of a friend of mine. We don't know how it happened, because Facebook requires you to ...
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Is social-engineering an actual threat

I've recently finished book The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security by Kevin Mitnick The book was released on 4th December 2002. Not talking only about techniques described ...
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Detecting and Responding to Email Account Compromise (regarding FINRA 12-05, ISAC/IC3 alerts)

FINRA, the ISAC and IC3 issued an alert regarding e-mail based attacks that attempt to obtain client contact information. They then use social engineering / persuasion to complete the attack. What ...
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How to react on a message about a pending account ban on Facebook? [closed]

Are you getting this message on chat? LAST WARNING : Your account is reported to have violated the policies that are considered annoying or insulting Facebook users. Until we system will disable ...
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How to catch a gmail hacker/money-scammer? (in conversation with one right now!)

My friend's GMail account was recently hacked and the perpetrator sent out one of those classic "help I was mugged, I need money" style e-mails. (Edit: I know it's legit; my friend called me to tell ...
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Social Engineer Toolkit (Cloning Sites)

Is it legal or illegal to use the cloning site option within the social engineer toolkit (SET) or any other tool that clones websites? I was under the impression that if performing a social engineer ...
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When is an intermediate page needed before directing a user off my primary website? What is the best implementation?

The NSA has a page that intercepts redirections off the primary site. (click "TLS: "Suite B Cipher Suites for TLS," RFC 5430" for an example). I've seen this used in Exchange Outlook Web Access ...
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Google hacking - why “numrange” is so dangerous?

I'm reading Google Hacking for Penetration Testers and in book it's said several times operator "numrange" is especially powerful and dangerous. However, they don't give example of using this ...
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Are there password/passphrase guessers/crackers which can utilize facts supplied about the target?

I was just reading a discussion about cracking passwords that said the person running the tool might know things about the target like the birthday of his first girlfriend's dog but the tool won't. ...
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Is there any legal reason to save a cleartext password?

I called customer service of a well known company and discovered that the operator had the ability to view my website password in clear text on her screen. I asked her about this and she defended the ...
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Does two factor authentication prevent social engineering attacks

After reading this article from symantec I got to think how much all these social engineering techniques rely on the authentication system of users, a password. Considering three different additional ...
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Reversing an entry card - How to find out what type of RFID hardware I need to read the chip?

I have an acccess/entry card chip I want to copy for demonstrational purposes. However I am not sure how I can find out what type of RFID reader I need to get a hold of. Does anyone have a ...
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How to persuade average people that security matters?

If people could be fooled in life so easily ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/realhustle/ ) then in computing.... So what are the best tips, to persuade a regular user to pay a little more attention to ...
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How do you address a social engineering and or software weakness/concern in a company or organisation?

Say that you call your bank and are able to start talking about your personal finances, without having given them any real proof of your identity. Well the first thing I'd think would be to change ...