social engineering
  • The maliciously obtaining of confidential information by conning others into unwittingly providing it. For instance, to call an office impersonating a senior staff member who barks the need a forgotten password immediately.
  • The maliciously obtaining of confidential information without resorting to technical expertise such as hacking. For example, the guessing of obvious passwords, shoulder surfing, or sifting through dumpsters for sheets containing passwords or access codes.

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