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Social Engineering: A growing threat, with diverging directions
Chelleth JV, Furnell SM, Papadaki M, Pinkney G, Dowland PS
Advances in Network & Communication Engineering 3, pp179-184, 2006
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The age old problem of social engineering is still a threat that does not receive due attention. Due to the advancements in information technology and the explosion of the Internet, attackers have many more avenues to pursue social engineering attacks. Inadequate efforts to educate employees and staff about social engineering and password management, inappropriate usage of messaging systems, poor implementation and awareness of security policies, all lead to people being exposed to potential incidents. This paper talks about social engineering and the new avenues that it has diverged into; and how social engineering plays a part in assisting other attack schemes. The paper first introduces the concept of social engineering. It then looks at different attack methods that have proliferated due to the help obtained by social engineering schemes. The paper establishes that, in addition to being a technique in its own right, social engineering can also be used to assist other types of attack, including viruses and worms, phishing, and identity theft.

Chelleth JV, Furnell SM, Papadaki M, Pinkney G, Dowland PS