Watch out for these 7 new Social Engineering Tactics
It’s been a prime time for social engineering to go on the rise. Pandemic panic, desperation as income concerns grew, and worry over health and wellness made it easier for criminals to tap into fear. Social engineering, of course, means attacking the user rather than the computing system itself, trying to extract information or incite an action that will lead to compromise.
The latest Facebook data breach is a good example to explain the risks for social engineering. The leaked data contains exactly the sort of personally identifiable information that bad actors like to use in social engineering attacks, or to perpetrate identity theft. In addition, the combination of Facebook IDs and associated email addresses could result in bad actors attempting to hack into user’s Facebook accounts directly. If successful, this could lead to further compromise, or be used to send out scam messages to contacts.
Security pros know that the packaging matters, and a familiar attack may slip through defenses in an unfamiliar guise. That´s why we'd like to make you aware of some tactics social engineering experts say are on the rise in 2021:
- Malicious QR codes
- Browser notification hijacks
- Collaboration scams
- Supply chain partner impersonations
- Deepfake recordings
- Text fraud
- Typosquatting or lookalike domains