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Importance of Social Engineering in Community Knowledge  

 Bader Alyoubi1, Adel A. Alyoubi 2

*1 King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Email :

2Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

Abstract .This report has examined the role of social engineering with reference to the computer security community. Social engineering is a method used by fraudsters to fool and cheat people into revealing their passwords and usernames and other confidential information such as server details, organization access information and other confidential information. The hacker can then use this information to enter the computer network, steal data and carry out other attacks. Social engineering is regarded as being more dangerous since it does not require expert programming skills that hacking does. The report has examined different types of social engineering methods and techniques and the methods used to fight such social engineering attacks. A few incidents of such attacks are also presented. The main issue that has emerged is that the social engineer is now also an expert hacker who combines the skills of a fraudster with that of an expert hacker. This has increased the sophistication and skills of the attack. The paper recommends that a primary and secondary study should be undertaken to evaluate how social engineering attacks are carried out and prevented by the security community of various organizations.
Keywords : social engineering; computer fraud; hacking; phish

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