posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 05:14 PM
Social hacking is the same thing as social engineering, but without direct contact.
Back in the "chat room" days, certain people I knew were excellent at getting people's passwords. The service we used had those hint questions. It
was simply a matter of pretending to be a cute girl or boy and striking up a conversation with the "mark" until you could steer the conversation
around to the hint question.
Some of those guys were so good that just for kicks, they'd copy and paste the hint question in the mark's own words and the poor fool wouldn't
even think twice about answering it.
That was mostly juvenile boredom though. These days, many "hackers" aren't just bored and curious. These days you have to be careful, because the
hackers are out to cause real world harm for their own profit.
You have to be careful what you tell people, in addition to what you post online about yourself. Even giving away the silliest information can get you