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The most common form of social engineering attack is phishing. Phishing attacks exploit human error to harvest credentials or spread malware, usually via infected email attachments or links to malicious websites.
What type of attack is pretexting?
Pretexting is an attack in which the attacker creates a scenario to try and convince the victim to give up valuable information, such as a password.
What is quid pro quo attack?
Similar to baiting, quid pro quo involves a hacker requesting the exchange of critical data or login credentials in exchange for a service. Another common example is a hacker, posing as a researcher, asks for access to the company’s network as part of an experiment in exchange for $100.
What is pretexting social engineering attack?
Pretexting is a type of social engineering attack that involves a situation, or pretext, created by an attacker in order to lure a victim into a vulnerable situation and to trick them into giving private information, specifically information that the victim would typically not give outside the context of the pretext.
What does Threatware mean?
The term threatware is commonly used to refer to computer programs that are designed to harm your computer. These types of programs include spyware, worms, Trojans viruses and other types of malware.
The scam is often initiated by a perpetrator pretending to need sensitive information from a victim so as to perform a critical task. The attacker usually starts by establishing trust with their victim by impersonating co-workers, police, bank and tax officials, or other persons who have right-to-know authority.
What is whaling attack?
Whaling is a highly targeted phishing attack – aimed at senior executives – masquerading as a legitimate email. Whaling is digitally enabled fraud through social engineering, designed to encourage victims to perform a secondary action, such as initiating a wire transfer of funds.