Top 10 Secret Tips Of Social Engineering in 2020
Have you ever thought,How hackers steal confidential data like online account credentials or banking details without hacking into your system.This is a very popular way hackers use to steal sensitive information.Hackers are now evolving this technique to trick people.
Almost 62% of companies facing Social Engineering attack.Many companies now working from home.Hackers now trick employees and steal sensitive data using social engineering.In recent times social engineering attack increased so much and hackers now adopting new techniques to trick people.
So What Is Social Engineering?
Social engineering is a technique to manipulate people, to get confidential information. The types of information collected by social engineering can vary, but when individuals are targeted by the criminals are usually trying to trick you into giving them your passwords or bank information, or access your computer to secretly install malicious software–that will give them access to your passwords and bank information as well as giving them control over your computer.This is a non-technical technique used by hackers to collect sensitive data from a person. Hackers use different social engineer techniques and they keep evolving these techniques. They can get to your data without touching your keyboard or physical access to your system.
To protect the personal or company system a Cyber Security Professional must think like hackers. They should understand how hackers use Social Engineering attacks to get sensitive data from a person.
Here are the 10 Social Engineering Tips Hackers Used
1.Email From A Friend :
People hardly check the genuineness of a mail that comes from a friend or looks like it comes from a friend. Hackers take advantage of this and send malicious links in a mail or ask sensitive information from a user. If a criminal manages to hack or socially engineer one person’s email password they can easily get access to that person’s contact list. Most people use one password for almost everywhere, this makes it easy for hackers to have access to that person’s social networking contacts as well.When hackers get the control of the email they send emails to all the person’s contact list. These emails contain malicious links or links to phishing websites to collect more sensitive data from the person contacts. The mail can also contain a download of pictures, music, movie, or document that has malicious software embedded. If you download which you are likely to do since you think it is from your friend, you become infected by malware. The cyber criminal can easily access your machine, email account, social network accounts, and contacts, and the attack spreads to everyone you know. And on, and on.
2.Email From A Trusted Source –
Hackers send phishing links using social engineering strategies that imitate a trusted source. Hackers use a compelling story or pretext to get sensitive data from a user. A phisher sends an e-mail, IM, comment, or text message that appears to come from a legitimate, popular, bank, school, or institution. They present a problem that requires you to “verify” your information by clicking on the displayed link and providing information in their form. The link location may look very legitimate with all the right logos, and content. This type of mail looks like it comes from banks or other financial institutions.Hackers sometimes pose like a boss or coworker. It may ask for an update on an important, proprietary project your company is currently working on, for payment information pertaining to a company credit card, or some other inquiry masquerading as a day-to-day business. Hackers basically send this type of mail to employees of a targeted company to steal sensitive information. These mails look legitimate and hackers can easily get the information they need.
3.Mail From A Trusted Person –
In this type of social engineering attack, hackers send mail to the user. The mail looks like it comes from a trusted source and they copy the official mail id. This type of mail contains phishing links that send the user to a phishing website. Hackers copy the original website and trick users to share sensitive information.
4.Baiting scenarios :
Hackers know what type of things people want and they target people. They offer to download the latest movie links or music. This type of link also found in social networking sites, malicious websites people find through search results, and so on.This scheme may show up as an amazingly great deal on classified sites, auction sites, etc. To allay your suspicion, you can see the seller has a good rating which is already a planned and crafted profile. People who take this bait get infected by malicious software and hackers still sensitive information.
5.Offering services from trusted
Hackers offers service like fixing your computers or helping you in banking service.They pick big companies like computer service or banks.They call people and offer free service.They will ask to update software by a link they send to you or install a software so they can fix your computer problem.When user install this software they gives the remote access to the hackers.The hackers also tell user to enter commands or authenticate them.They fthis trick to steal sensitive information and create a backdoor,so they access anytime they want.
6.Promotional Offers :
Hackers sometimes send promotional mails to users which offer great results on a product.They craft the mail like that people will click on the link.This type of link is also found in search results.People easily click this type of link when they get offers.Hackers uses this Social Engineering method to trick people.
Hackers sometimes trick users by simply sending text messages to users.Here’s how the manipulative scheme works. Hackers send the target a text message instructing them to log in to their online account. Point out that it’s required to accept the new terms of service or confirm that their personal details are up to date.This mail emphasizes that it is an urgent matter and they need to do the task by sending the mail.When the user clicks on the link and types the credentials,hackers can easily get all the information.They can easily hack online accounts.
8.Using Fake Email :
Hackers first get all the information like the official email id of the company and their employees mail id.Then they send mails to other employees with a copy mail id.In this technique hackers send mail to employees to get sensitive information from employees,who worked on a targeted company.
9.Lottery Winning Mail :
In this social engineering attack,hackers send mail to people about lottery winning.This mail trick users to get sensitive information.In order to give you your ’winnings’ you have to provide information about your bank account,so they know how to send it to you or give your address and phone number so they can send the prize, and you may also be asked to prove who you are often including your identification details. These are the ’greed phishes’ where even if the story pretext is thin, people want what is offered and fall for it by giving away their information, then having their bank account emptied, and identity stolen.
10.Creating Phishing Link Of A Keyword :
Hackers create phishing websites for particular keywords.It is really hard to rank for a keyword.But they are so many keywords that are actually easy to rank and have a decent amount of traffic.Hackers take advantage of this and create phishing website to steal sensitive information from users.