Social engineering is a technique used by cybercriminals to manipulate individuals into divulging sensitive information or performing actions that may not be in their best interest. Social engineering tactics can include impersonation, manipulation, deception, and persuasion.
The goal of social engineering is to gain the trust of the victim and to persuade them to reveal information that can be used for malicious purposes. Cybercriminals often research their targets to create a convincing and tailored message, making it more likely that the victim will comply.
Some common social engineering tactics include:
Social engineering attacks can be difficult to detect because they often rely on the victim's willingness to trust the attacker. It's important to be cautious when receiving unsolicited emails or messages and to verify the authenticity of any requests for sensitive information.