social-engineer

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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