social engineering

noun
the application of the findings of social science to the solution of actual social problems.

Origin:
1895–1900

social engineer, noun
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social engineering
 
n
the manipulation of the social position and function of individuals in order to manage change in a society

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social engineering

n. Term used among crackers and samurai for cracking techniques that rely on weaknesses in wetware rather than software; the aim is to trick people into revealing passwords or other information that compromises a target system's security. Classic scams include phoning up a mark who has the required information and posing as a field service tech or a fellow employee with an urgent access problem. See also the tiger team story in the patch entry.
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social engineering definition

jargon, security
A term used among crackers and samurai for cracking techniques that rely on weaknesses in wetware rather than software; the aim is to trick people into revealing passwords or other information that compromises a target system's security. Classic scams include phoning up a mark who has the required information and posing as a field service tech or a fellow employee with an urgent access problem. See also the tiger team story in the patch entry.
[Jargon File]
(2006-11-22)

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Example sentences
But there is an upside to all this social engineering.
Social engineering has become the major mission of colleges.
Universities should be in the business of excellence, not social engineering.
The answer may be not more technology, but better social engineering.
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