social engineering - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    2
    the practice of manipulating people in a way that they give away confidential information online

    The four main ways in which social engineering occurs is by phishing, in which the hacker uses email to trick someone into giving them access to some kind of account or login or financial information; vishing, which is the same but through voice, such as a phone call; impersonation, which is done in person, on site; and smishing, which occurs through text message.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 19/01/2017