CHAPTER 15

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Social Engineering

Introduction

Social Engineering attacks are increasing in our well-connected world. One of the main reasons for this is the availability of personal information on the Internet. For example, social media websites such as Facebook are used by attackers to collect information about people, which in turn can be used in their attacks, or can be used to initiate attacks. Hackers can uncover significant information about their targets—be they people or companies—by simply searching the Internet, or by searching social media sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Many of the images posted on social media, like family photos ...

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