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Social Engineering – Obtaining information by social manipulation

Front cover of the leaflet ‘Social Engineering – Obtaining information by social manipulation’, Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states, Date of information: March 2016Zoom© BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states

The term "Social Engineering" refers to a situation where an attacker tries to take advantage of human weaknesses with the purpose of obtaining specific information. The attacker's intention is to acquire sensitive data through seemingly insignificant information.


Contents:

  • What is "Social Engineering"?
  • Case studies
  • Accompanying measures
  • Your points of contact in economic security

Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
Date of information: March 2016

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