Social Engineering

Social Engineering

Michael Aiello (Polytechnic University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-991-5.ch024
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Traditionally, “social engineering” is a term describing “efforts to systematically manage popular attitudes and social behavior on a large scale” (Wikipedia, 2006). In this context, the practice of social engineering is the application of perception management techniques to a large populous. As it relates to terrorism, social engineering is a tool used by terrorists whose actions are intended to cause the loss of confidence in a social institution’s ability to protect the security of its citizens and assets.

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