Chapter 3

The Techniques of Manipulation

Gavin Watson,    Senior Security Engineer, RandomStorm Limited

Social engineers use an array of techniques to manipulate targets into revealing information or performing actions. This chapter will take the reader through the basic techniques such as framing, pretexting, loading, and baiting.


Pretexting; impersonation; baiting; pressure and solution; leveraging authority; reverse social engineering; chain of authentication; gaining credibility; from innocuous to sensitive; priming and loading; social proof; framing; emotional states; selective attention; personality types; body language

Information in this chapter

• Pretexting

• Impersonation

• Baiting

• Pressure and solution

• Leveraging authority


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