CAPEC-416 - Target Influence via Social Engineering

An attacker exploits inherent human psychological predispositions to influence a targeted individual or group to solicit information or manipulate the target into performing an action that serves the attackers' interests. Many interpersonal social engineering techniques do not involve outright deception, although they can; many are subtle ways of manipulating a target to remove barriers, make the target feel comfortable, and produce an exchange in which the target is either more likely to share information directly, or let key information slip out unintentionally. A skilled attacker uses these techniques when appropriate to produce the desired outcome. Manipulation techniques vary from the overt, such as pretending to be a supervisor to a help desk, to the subtle, such as making the target feel comfortable with the attackers' speech and thought patterns.