CAPEC-421 - Target Influence via Perception of Authority

An attacker uses a social engineering technique to convey a sense of authority that motivates the target reveal specific information or take specific action. There are various techniques for producing a sense of authority during ordinary modes of communication. One common method is impersonation. By impersonating someone with a position of power within an organization an attacker may motivate the target individual to reveal some piece of sensitive information or perform an action that benefits the attacker.