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Unveiling the Prevalence of Social Engineering in Modern Crime


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In the era of digitalization, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are increasingly recognizing the pervasive influence of social engineering in criminal activities. Unlike traditional crime, which often involves direct physical harm or theft, social engineering exploits human psychology to deceive individuals or organizations into divulging sensitive information or performing actions that compromise security.

Social engineering techniques range from impersonation tactics, such as phishing emails or phone calls impersonating trusted entities, to psychological manipulation strategies that exploit human emotions, biases, or cognitive vulnerabilities. These tactics are employed by cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access to confidential data, financial assets, or critical systems, posing significant risks to individuals, businesses, and government entities alike.

In response to the growing threat posed by social engineering, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are ramping up efforts to raise awareness, educate the public, and enhance cybersecurity measures. By empowering individuals and organizations with knowledge and resources to recognize and resist social engineering attacks, these initiatives aim to bolster cyber resilience and safeguard against evolving cyber threats.

This article was provided by our partners at KnowBe4. 

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