In the book The Art of Deception, Kevin Mitnick defines the term “social engineering” as the use of influence and persuasion to deceive people into divulging information. While there are many ways to glean information from unsuspecting and trusting people, advances in technology make it even easier.
One particularly widespread form is phishing. Many individuals and organizations fall prey to these surreptitious, yet perilous attacks. In most cases, the victims of phishing are unaware of the attack. In a 2003 press release