Social Engineering Attack – Breach of Trust

There is an alarming increase in cases of unknown individuals winning the trust of unsuspecting victims in the virtual world and then misusing this trust to commit crimes on the victims. This is the world of the social engineering attack. It starts with information collection regarding a targeted individual.


A college girl in Gujarat was asked her mobile number by a co-student. She refused but the co-student coolly replied that he will get it. Next day he had her name, her fathers’ name, her address and her phone number!! How did he get it? By uploading her “Scooty” number on the RTO site of Gujarat.


An Income Tax Department site of the Government of India called “e-filling” is another such target. A cyber criminal provides the surname of a person and his date of birth – he can get the PAN card number of a targeted individual. Using this number and a

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