A social engineering attack refers to any type of attack where deception, manipulation or coercion is used to elicit information or access from a person for their own purposes. Social engineering refers to any technique used by a threat actor that focuses on people and process, rather than on technology. The most common form of social engineering attack is a phishing email that tricks victims into giving up personal information such as passwords and credit card details. Phishing often masquerades as an official corporate email from an organisation's CEO or another trusted person within the company.
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Topics: Penetration Testing, Social Engineering, Social Engineering Attack