In short; social engineering is the act of convincing a person or person’s into taking action or divulging information, often by taking advantage of a victim’s emotional state and/or basic human nature.
Whilst many would believe hackers use only technical skills to access computer networks, nowadays that is not the case. With ever evolving defences being put in place, hackers are often targeting the modern weakest link, which is of course, the human element within a business.
Social engineers can utilize many different methods to achieve their end goal, some of which include: Phishing, Bating, Pretexting, Vishing, Waterholing and Whaling. In this article, we discuss the top 4 social engineers of all time and why we selected them.