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DEFINITION: Pretexting is a form of social engineering in which an individual lies about his identity or purpose to obtain privileged data about another individual. A pretexter may then use this data to engage in identity theft or corporate espionage. Pretexting may be employed by telephone or email, through customer service instant messaging or a company Web site. A pretexter may use a variety of strategies  … 
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Symantec Internet Security Threat Report
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Posted: 23 Jul 2013 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

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Information Security Breaches Survey 2013
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RESEARCH CONTENT: Security breaches cost large businesses an average of £850,000, the 2013 Information Security Breaches Survey reveals.
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Death and Taxes...and Hackers
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VIDEO: View this video to learn about a tax scheme that is sweeping through the internet, and how to avoid falling victim to it.
Posted: 01 Apr 2011 | Premiered: 01 Apr 2011

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Anti-Phishing: Best Practices for Institutions and Consumer
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Anti-Phishing Best Practices: Keys to Aggressively and Effectively Protecting Your Organization from Phishing Attacks
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This Month in the Threat Webscape for October 2009
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Posted: 20 Nov 2009 | Premiered: 10 Nov 2009

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August Technical Guide on Authentication
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The Custom Defense - Your Answer to APTs
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Posted: 17 Apr 2013 | Premiered: 17 Apr 2013

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The Personalisation Challenge: Business Culture and Mobile Security
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Posted: 24 Sep 2013 | Published: 24 Sep 2013

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IBM X-Force 2013 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report
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IBM
 
 
SOCIAL ENGINEERING DEFINITION (continued): …  to obtain personal information. In one scenario, for example, the pretexter might call an individual claiming affiliation with a bank, survey firm or credit agency. In another scenario, a pretexter might claim to be a customer, client or employee of a company to gain access to phone or electronic records. After establishing trust with the targeted individual, the pretexter might ask a series of questions designed to gather key individual identifiers (like social security numbers, mother's maiden name, place or date of birth, or account numbers) under the guise of needing to confirm the individual's … 
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