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SOCIAL ENGINEERING TYPES OF ATTACKS


SOCIAL ENGINEERING, in the context of information security, refers to psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. A type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme.


PHISHING

Email sent under false pretenses to trick users into supplying attackers with their login credentials.


Types of Accounts Phishers Target 26% Global Internet Portals

17% 37% Financial Services

7% Internet Service Providers & 13% Others

Social Networking Sites


SPEAR PHISHING

A TARGETED PHISHING EMAIL

91% of the most advanced attacks start with a spear phishing email.


VISHING

UK banks alone lost ÂŁ21 million from vishing attacks in 2014

Calling a target pretending to be a person of authority, such as an IT supervisor, to pump someone for credentials or important information.


SMISHING

200 million SMiShing messages are sent worldwide every day.

Phishing messages sent through text messages rather than email


MINING SOCIAL MEDIA

Between 52 million and 97 million Facebook accounts are fake or duplicate accounts.

Learning more about targeted people through social media in order to build better phishing lures


THE IMPACT OF ATTACKS Over a third of phishing attacks target users of financial services.

Losses associated with security incidents in the finance sector increased by 24 percent in 2014

24%

Financial services encounter security incidents 300% more frequently than other industries.

300%


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CREDITS Helpful Resources  Social Engineering  A Comprehensive Strategy for Preventing Cyber Attacks  What is the Best Way to Stay Safe from Phishing? 

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The most common types of social engineering attacks  

Social engineering is the act that cybercriminals use human-to-human interaction to steal confidential information. A cybercriminal uses dif...

The most common types of social engineering attacks  

Social engineering is the act that cybercriminals use human-to-human interaction to steal confidential information. A cybercriminal uses dif...

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