Although it may be tempting to imagine hackers as being shy and socially inept types, whose only human interaction is via their computers, this is an assumption which rarely corresponds to the reality. In fact, in some cases, the social capabilities of hackers have worked greatly in their favor as a method of intrusion.
This technique is called #social engineering and consists of tricking and manipulating the victim into committing a human error so as to compromise the #security of IT systems.
Social #psychology as a method of intrusion
This form of intrusion doesn’t rely on #vulnerabilities in the IT system, but rather a social interaction (online, by telephone, or face-to-face) between the attacker and the weak link in the IT security chain – the user.