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Questions tagged [social-engineering]

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

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Defence methods against tailgating

This is a follow-up question to this one: Roles to play when tailgaiting into a residential building How do you protect yourself or your company against tailgaters? What is the best answer when you ...
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Roles to play when tailgaiting into a residential building

Following people into a large RFID protected residential building is ridiculously easy, as not everyone knows everyone else. Just the other day I was let in with a rifle (an airgun, but how could have ...
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Does this mean Target's twitter was successfully attacked?

I was just surprised to see this suspicious promoted tweet, asking me to send Bitcoins I added the hand-drawn red lines so I am not responsible for propagating the apparent scam. Clicking on the ...
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What (besides not complying, and reporting) should I do with blackmail emails? [duplicate]

I received the following email which claims, among other social engineering, to have installed a keylogger on a former system administrator's Linux box: I‌ kno‌w [old password deleted] o‌n‌e o‌f yo‌...
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How do I protect myself against SIM hijacking/social engineering?

There are several posts like these: https://medium.com/@N/how-i-lost-my-50-000-twitter-username-24eb09e026dd https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/5984zn/listen-to-sim-jacking-account-ransom-...
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Is single-click phishing possible?

For Chrome, IE/Edge, Safari, Firefox, Opera released after 2018, is it possible for a phishing to succeed by just enticing a user to click a URL? Notice: The user only does a click on the URL, no ...
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How do hackers make the victim access an XSS attack URL?

As I understand it, the basic idea of XSS is to let the user's browser execute some malicious code created by the hackers. Say, if a page has a vulnerability of loading arbitrary script when user ...
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What is the name for building trust on a platform before pillaging?

What's the common or recognized name for a vulnerability on a platform where someone can build trust and than pillage/exploit that trust for profit or information? It's driving me crazy, and I ...
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Advised to block all traffic to/from specific IP addresses

My CFO received an email from a director at a financial institution advising that all traffic (inbound and outbound) from certain IP addresses should be blocked at the firewall. The director at the ...
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Spam identification

We have a spamfilter running that does a very good job at tackling common spammer issues. From what it catches, I'm assuming it blocks mails based on a few things: SPF checks Certain attachment ...
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How can companies verify that a national security letter is real? [closed]

It looks like that US national security letters are a prefect way of social engineering: they request confidential data from you and includes a gag order forcing you no to tell anyone about it. There ...
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Should I reply to an email saying that I requested online access to a website?

I received an email saying I requested access to a website. The email also includes a one-time passcode. I did not do anything that would require a one-time passcode. At the bottom of the email is a ...
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How is there a preview for a fake docx file in gmail

I recently got a nasty email containing two files. I didn't open them but did check and realised they were not docx files which was the intent but on gmail in the document preview it shows what looks ...
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What can be compromised if someone knows this information about me?

If someone has my DOB, last four of my SSN, my name, and my address, what kinds of things could they do that would potentially ruin my life? What are ways they could "hack" institutions and take all ...
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Server encryption to prevent access by hoster

A friend told me one of their company servers got recently hacked. The server was super secured software side. It turned out the attacker called the hoster and used some social engineering skills to ...
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What are good methods of visual security?

What are good methods of visually securing sensitive information that might appear on your screen from the outside world? An example to illustrate my question would be the following: You're sat in ...
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Reality Check: Create chaos at an office

An opportunity has arisen for me to perform a "real hacking attack" on a TV show. The target is to attack the TV headquarters and cause as much chaos as possible. The idea is to show how a business ...
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I randomly have 11 subscriptions to newsletters on gmail. Should I be worried?

Just signed up for StackExchange today... That's the only thing I can think of. Do any of you think I could possibly be the victim of some kind of email exploit? I marked all of them as spam and ...
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Someone is using similar domain and spamming clients

This is the problem my friend is facing in his office. Someone is using an almost similar domain as my friend's company (via email). This person is posing as their company and asking them to send ...
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What can be done with the last 4 digits of one's SSN [closed]

If a hacker were to get the last 4 digits of your SSN (and maybe some other info like name, etc), what could they do? To avoid the possibility that they could guess the other digits from date/...
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SEToolkit Credential Harvester not returning credentials

When I use credential Harvester > Site Cloner in my LAN environment it works fine. That means it returns: 1) POSSIBLE USERNAME FIELD FOUND 2) POSSIBLE PASSWORD FIELD FOUND 3) Redirects to actual ...
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Fake secured WiFi network to harvest password [duplicate]

I'm not finding a lot of information on this topic although it seems so simple, so I assume it isn't possible, but I was wondering if it is possible or not to create a fake acces point that looks like ...
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Amazon 2FA: Compromising the email leads to compromising 2FA, e.g removing the other factor?

I had some interesting situation: My Amazon account has 2FA enabled where my smartphone with google authenticator is my second factor. Due to issues with this phone my second factor basically broke (...
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Conducting Ethical Phishing Attack [closed]

For research purposes, I'm conducting an ethical phishing attack in my institution. I have permission from the institution for the same. I've created the phishing site and the email content, and I'll ...
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Seeing SSL requests in unencrypted form from a remote client [closed]

I was wondering how I could be able to see SSL requests in an unencrypted form from remote clients (specifically, my phone). I heard that you are supposed to use CA certificates, but how would I ...
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How to get the statistics of users opening the attachment in a phishing mail during a social engineering campaign test?

I have to do a social engineering test for a friend's small company. He wants to know how many people opened the mail and then opened the attachment. How can I do that? The file can be anything- pdf,...
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What potential threats lie ahead after the hack of equifax in 2017?

Having that literally every single US resident's information is now exposed to hackers and malicious social engineers. What are some threats that we will inevitable encounter in the coming months or ...
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How to determine IP address of target device or network

I know most exploits over the internet are opportunistic, but assume an aggressor has a specific target, but no physical access to that target. How do you find the target network or device to begin an ...
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What is a good method to authenticate users and make sure they don't give their credentials to someone else?

I'm new here I hope this is the right place to ask this question, I work at a call center and I've been asked to create a TimeClock system however we have the problem that agents share their ...
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Are there any good OSINT feeds related to phone phishing? [closed]

There are lots of feeds related to fraudulent and malicious domains and IPs, but we're seeing more and more social engineering attempts coming in via phone. When these are reported to us, I'd like to ...
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What precautions/training do companies have against social engineering strategies?

For example, if someone were to call a cell phone provider like T-Mobile, pretending to be another person to get some information, how can T-Mobile verify if it is the actual person? I'm assuming that ...
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Is it dangerous for a scammer to know just your name and birthday? [closed]

Basically, this afternoon, I got a call that I had picked up. The caller asked for (my name) stating that they were from this company associated with my healthcare. The call seemed pretty legit, and ...
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Account hacked on mobile music streaming app - what should I do next

I'm a software developer so aware of basic security issues. I use a popular music streaming service and a few months back signed up for their paid plan as I was enjoying the experience. I use the ...
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Song Lyrics as passphrases [duplicate]

I have a question slightly similar to this question. I am familiar with the correct horse battery staple example from xkcd, yet I am leaning towards songlyrics as a passphrase, since I have a brain ...
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The audacity of accountchek.com

Maybe I'm being overly sensitive as an IT professional who has a security mindset, but I am doing a mortgage refinance right now. My lender, who is legitimate (I used them a few years ago for the ...
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How to mitigate evil twin WIFI social engineering attack?

I just come across this article: Capturing WPA Passwords by Targeting Users with a Fluxion Attack. Although WIFI Evil Twin attack and WIFI de-authentication attacks is known for a long time, a ...
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Is someone trying to hack me through facebook?

For the past few days i have been receiving friend requests in facebook from some hot girls that have some pictures of them in sexy poses and in the timeline it says they want to meet and have sex and ...
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Responsibility of disclosing potential social engineering attack

I've just gotten a text message from a number pretending to be my bank and telling me to install a certificate from a suspicious link (link looks like this: bankname-certificate.ru/installation not ...
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How can I track whether a pdf was opened or not?

I'm working on some options for a social engineering assessment for a client. One of the things I'd like to do is email a bunch of people a pdf attachment (or put the pdf on removable media) and then ...
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Trouble finding LHOST and which IP address to use?

I'm currently using the social engineering toolkit (SET) and I'm generating a malicious PDF file. One of the first things SET asks me after choosing a File-format exploit is the IP address for the ...
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Could a phishing page generate a genuine session with the targeted service?

At the end of this tutorial the author gives a few ideas for improving a basic phishing attack. One of them intrigued me, in particular: Is it possible to use the credentials that a victim enters in ...
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How handle Informational waste

I do big tiding of my flat and I found out, that lot of my waste consists from boxes with my addresses and receipts from online store deliveries. What is the most easiest and also most efficient way ...
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Looking for a specific story of a pen-tester who used a fake raffle to get a keylogger into a company

While reading about USB hardware keyloggers on the web a few months ago, I stumbled upon a story by a rather patient pen-tester: He organized a raffle where the first prize was a cool gamer ...
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What is the term to describe “Transitivity” in network security?

If A's security is breached, while A and B are in the same network, then B's security is breached. I can imagine this could happen to computer networks, but also to social networks; for example if ...
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Is there any way to detect Phishing and Deceptive page ( social engineering )

I'm programmer and I have a website that allows users to upload their HTML websites to it. The user will zip up a folder and then will upload it to my website where it will show up as sub-domain. I ...
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Preventing phishing / spear phishing of employees

We get a lot of targeted phishing emails to our employees, semi-sophisticated ones where they speak about a project or give an outline brief. We then get back to them and they send us an 'attached PDF'...
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How to convince employees not to click spam links in their email accounts?

In my company spam emails are becoming a real headache. Since the number of employees is growing rapidly, the email accounts are to. We have managed to take security measures in a technical point of ...
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Can Self extracting rar file (SFX) be used to automatically install malicious software?

Self extracting RAR files can be made containing dangerous files but can these SFX files be used as a tool for social engineering attacks (email attachments or on promotional CD-ROM etc.) to trick a ...
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Get info of computer (logged in username) secretly using USB drive

I have a scenario in which I have to do a social engineering exercise for a client. The exercise is the simple old free USB trick, but the catch here is that I have to only get only the (non damaging) ...
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Why do the large majority of big organizations have “known bad” password policies?

I saw a recent password question on security.stackexchange "Is the NHS wrong about passwords?" The question is very specific about one organization but from what I've seen the same "known bad" ...