What is Social Engineering? - Definition, Types & Threats

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What is the most common type of social engineering attack?

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1. Which type of social engineering attack might involve giving away USB drives with malware loaded on them?

2. Which type of social engineering method might involve a college website that has been targeted and hacked, leaving behind malicious code that will execute when the page is loaded?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How much do you know about social engineering? Take this quiz to find out by answering questions on key topics like the most frequent kind of social engineering attack and a social engineering attack that might include giving USB drives with malware stored on them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following topics will be addressed on the quiz/worksheet:

  • Social engineering attack that sets a trap for users of websites that are typically safe
  • Methods used by social engineers that are similar to other professionals
  • Possible scam associated with a system message

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of social engineers and how they're connected to the methods of other professionals
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a type of social engineering attack that might involve giving out USB drives with stored malware
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the most common type of social engineering attack and a scam that might come from a system message

Additional Learning

To learn more about social engineering, consider the lesson entitled What is Social Engineering? - Definition, Types & Threats. You'll be covering the following key areas of interest:

  • Explanation of social engineering
  • Online examples of social engineering attacks
  • Importance of being aware of these threats
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