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Learn Social Engineering

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Learn Social Engineering

Overview of this book

This book will provide you with a holistic understanding of social engineering. It will help you to avoid and combat social engineering attacks by giving you a detailed insight into how a social engineer operates. Learn Social Engineering starts by giving you a grounding in the different types of social engineering attacks,and the damages they cause. It then sets up the lab environment to use different toolS and then perform social engineering steps such as information gathering. The book covers topics from baiting, phishing, and spear phishing, to pretexting and scareware. By the end of the book, you will be in a position to protect yourself and your systems from social engineering threats and attacks. All in all, the book covers social engineering from A to Z , along with excerpts from many world wide known security experts.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Case studies of social engineering

The social engineering case studies are as follows:

CEO fraud

CEO fraud occurs when social engineers impersonate company executives and manipulate other employees to transfer unauthorized finances or information. According to the FBI, since January 2015, there has been a 270 % increase in identified victims of CEO scams, and $2.3 billion lost to CEO fraud.

FBI: $2.3 Billion Lost to CEO Email Scams available at, Krebs, B.(2016).

Some examples of CEO fraud attack are as follows:

Examples of CEO fraud attack

Cybercriminals make phishing attacks to an executive and gain access to their inbox, or email employees from a look-alike domain name that is one or two letters off...