Social engineering is essentially manipulating individuals to divulge security information that can be leveraged to access your business systems. Hackers often choose their target, learn about them, and then pose as an expert or a co-worker to trick them into sharing data or credentials.
Such hacks are becoming increasingly common because it’s easier to con humans than to bypass network security.
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StickmanCyber can help sensitise your teams to the range of probable social engineering hacks, and how to spot them. Most employees usually are not even aware of the possibility that hackers can trick them into disclosing privileged information. And hence, it is important for organisations to focus on training their employees to identify and avoid falling prey to this tactic.
An attacker sends an employee a fraudulent message via email, instant message or text message. An unaware employee can end up clicking a link that downloads malware onto their system, freezes the system as part of a ransomware attack, or reveals sensitive information about the organisation.
The attacker identifies a website that is commonly visited, and therefore trusted by employees. They then proceed to infect the website with malware and wait for one of the employee systems to become infected. Once infected, the attacker can now access the employee’s system.
This is a social engineering tactic used by cyber criminals to ensnare senior or other important individuals in an organisation by acting like another senior player, in the hopes of gaining access to their computer systems or stealing money or sensitive data.
An attacker creates a scenario or pretext to engage with the targeted employee and psychologically manipulates them to share valuable information. Or to perform actions that would be considered out of the ordinary in a normal situation.
Attackers pretend to offer victims a service or benefit if the latter performs specific tasks or gives out information or access. Attackers usually masquerade as IT support and convince employees to type in commands onto their device that gives the attacker access to company systems.
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