Social engineering, or human hacking, has the potential to disenfranchise millions. It works in many  different ways in order to scam anyone and everyone. You’ve seen examples of social engineering right in your inbox. Emails telling you that someone has detected a virus on your computer or Facebook ads urging you to download applications in order to find out who has a crush on you — These are forms of phishing.

Phishing is the act of posing as a trusted entity in order to extract sensitive information through email. It’s a big deal and in 2009, 100 people were jailed in the largest international phishing case, resulting in a $1.5 million haul. Phishing, hoaxes, shoulder surfing, and tailgating are all ways in which scammers can extract information from victims.

In this infographic, Veracode explores social engineering tactics and how to avoid becoming a victim in a world where everyone is a target.

Hacking the Mind with Social Engineering

Infographic by Veracode Application Security


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