Four of the Newest (and Lowest) Social Engineering Scams

Four of the Newest (and Lowest) Social Engineering Scams

This is the ingress of an article I found today at CSO Online: “Social engineering thugs have reached new lows, as gangs play on users’ fears of privacy loss, theft and even death.”

This is the definition of social engineering at Wikipedia:

“Social engineering, in the context of information security, refers to psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. A type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional “con” in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme.”

There are several methods used in social engineering, and here are the four latest (and lowest):

  1. Phishing with new lethal-strains of ransomware
  2. IVR and robocalls for credit card information
  3. Healthcare records for spear-phishing attacks
  4. Phishing with funerals

You can read the details here.

(Image: CSO Online)

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