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CAPEC-417: Influence Perception

Influence Perception
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Attack Pattern ID: 417
Abstraction: Standard
Status: Stable
Completeness: Stub
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+ Summary

The adversary uses social engineering to exploit the target's perception of the relationship between the adversary and themselves. This goal is to persuade the target to unknowingly perform an action or divulge information that is advantageous to the adversary.

+ Attack Prerequisites
  • The adversary must have the means and knowledge of how to communicate with the target in some manner.

+ Typical Severity


+ Typical Likelihood of Exploit

Likelihood: High

+ Methods of Attack
  • Social Engineering
+ Attacker Skills or Knowledge Required

Skill or Knowledge Level: Low

The adversary requires strong inter-personal and communication skills.

+ Resources Required

There are no necessary resources required for this attack.

+ Solutions and Mitigations

An organization should provide regular, robust cybersecurity training to its employees to prevent social engineering attacks.

+ Attack Motivation-Consequences
ScopeTechnical ImpactNote
"Varies by context"
Attacks that influence the perception of the target can result in a wide variety of consequences and negatively affect potentially the confidentiality, availability, and/or integrity of an application or system.
+ References
[R.417.1] [REF-30] "The Official Social Engineering Portal". Social-Engineer.org. Tick Tock Computers, LLC. <http://www.social-engineer.org>.
[R.416.1] [REF-30] "Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking". 2010. Wiley.
+ Content History
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2014-06-23Internal_CAPEC_Team
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2017-08-04Updated Attack_Motivation-Consequences, Attack_Prerequisites, Attacker_Skills_or_Knowledge_Required, Description Summary, Methods_of_Attack, References, Resources_Required, Solutions_and_Mitigations, Typical_Likelihood_of_ExploitInternal
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