Ex-hacker warns over ‘social engineering’ threat

Dubai: Hackers today don’t even need to gain access to a target’s computer and could use “social engineering” on the target when it comes to disclosing information, Kevin Mitnick, the hacker-turned international cyber security consultant and the keynote speaker at the inaugural Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (Gisec) Conference taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre, said.

“It is easier for a hacker, (than hacking a system) and it evades all intrusion-detecting systems,” he said.

While relatively unknown to the general public, the term “social engineering” is widely used within the computer security community to describe the techniques hackers use to deceive a trusted computer user within a company into revealing sensitive information, or trick an unsuspecting mark into performing actions that create a security hole.

SOURCE: gulfnews.com

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