Questions tagged [social-engineering]

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

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How can I brute-force the email id to reveal the email hidden behind the asterix in an account recovery page? [closed]

I know it is not possible to directly decode the asterisk. But that's when something struck my mind. If the hidden email is to******h@g****.com, and the person's name is Tom Smith, the email could be ...
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Phishing emails - What do I look for?

I want to be able to spot a phishing email. What are the things to check when investigating and doing forensics on one? There are some things I know to look for already but I want to get moer ...
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Decreasing The Physical Access Time Required for a Twin Duck Payload [migrated]

I have recently started playing with with the Twin Duck Firmware on the USB Rubber Ducky. I was wondering if anybody could possibly give me some suggestions as to how to decrease the amount of time ...
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Are IPv4 more intuitively hard to track than IPv6?

I understand that it is easier for a human to intuitively figure out the alleged whereabouts of a machine if that machin's IP address is IPv6, rather than if its IPv4: For example, since I configured ...
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Is Social Engineering out of scope unless explicitly requested? [closed]

I've seen some sample "What would you like to be pentested?" page (I can't find or remember the exact source) where Cyber, Physical and Social were asked separately (among other areas like Wifi, ...
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Canadian police mentioned a new line-trapping technique, but what is that?

The police in Canada are saying that there is a new technique ("line-trapping") where the scammers told a lady to call the police to confirm some fraudulent details, but when she hung up and called ...
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What is it called when someone glides through a building's external door behind you? [duplicate]

One form of social engineering is the practice of running up to a building's external door just as an employee is entering. The employee often holds the door open for the intruder, bypassing security ...
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“Harmless” script which downloads malicious script

What if I code a program without malicious code which would pass in every antivirus scan and after the virus scan and user giving special rights to it, it downloads and executes the real virus? Since ...
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How to protect yourself against OSINT?

I recently watched a video about OSINT and learnt it can be quite a powerful agent. I've been on the internet for years, and at this point I'm not sure what I've posted and where. Given this is now ...
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How can I as middleman verify whether a phishing site is valid if the scam listens only on the referrer link and blocks any other access methods?

How can I as a trusted user of a middleman company (such as PhishTank) verify whether a phishing site is valid if the scam listens only on a unique referrer link(randomly created) and is blocking any ...
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Meterpreter is failing to load any extension except the core commands

[*] Starting persistent handler(s)... msf5 > use exploit/multi/handler msf5 exploit(multi/handler) > set PAYLOAD windows/meterpreter/reverse_https PAYLOAD => windows/meterpreter/reverse_https ...
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How safe is to have a LinkedIn account where you have published all the important information about yourself?

How safe is it to make your information public? I know that there are many risks from social engineers' side, if you put everything about yourself a hacker will have most of the information about you ...
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is it possible to evil twin a WPA 2 Wifi using one of EAP methods?

the same as fluxion but without the captive portal just like this video Stealing 802.1x Credentials with Rogue AP & RADIUS server he was able to get the username and the password of an EAP wifi ...
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Data leakage in internet-only services

Nowadays, internet-only services became very popular, for example, direct bank and many others. The advantage of such services is you don't have to spend the time to get to the office in order to get ...
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Tech support agent asked me some questions unrelated to tech support or my problem

About 4 years ago I was having a problem with my Microsoft Windows system so I went to Google and searched "Microsoft tech support phone number" to see the results and got the number from some random ...
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Understanding a Whatsapp account hack (social engineering?)

A friend of mine (Bob) received a suspicious Whatsapp message today, seemingly from a former colleague (Alice), who claimed to have "forwarded [to Bob] an SMS with a code in it by mistake", and who ...
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What to do after a social engineering attack was used to trick utility services at my hypothetical business? How to close the security hole?

Business Attack Scenario Standard information that was ubiquitous through my chain-businesses was exploited by a rogue group of former employees to sabotage. They considered manipulating all ...
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Could someone commit a social engineering “hack” on a credit card processor to get my credit card number?

Peripherally related to: Is it safe to recycle unshredded credit card receipts?. From some basic research, it seems as though the SEQ number is internal to the company running the POS software, the ...
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Social engineering testing methodology?

Is there anything that could be used as a social engineering testing methodology from any sort of organisation (example: ISO, SANS, PCI DSS etc.)
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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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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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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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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 ...