In the first part of this series you learned which behavioral patterns are usually used to influence humans. Those patterns are the basis of a Social Engineering attack and can usually be detected by a trained person. In the second part we will examine much more sophisticated influencing techniques. Those techniques are very tricky to detect and form a higher threat for your brain’s internal firewall.
Humans can be regarded as one of the biggest weaknesses for secure systems. Their interaction with technology and awareness for information security makes them usually the “weak link” for gaining access to enterprise networks and private information. From an attackers point of view the investment of using a human to hack a system is much cheaper than searching for 0-day exploits or unpatched vulnerabilities. That’s why the art of human hacking, called Social Engineering, has become an important threat factor for secure systems.