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CAPEC-421: Target Influence via Perception of Authority

 
Target Influence via Perception of Authority
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Attack Pattern ID: 421
Abstraction: Meta
Status: Draft
Completeness: Stub
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+ Summary

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.

+ Typical Severity

Low

+ References
[R.421.1] [REF-30] "The Official Social Engineering Portal". Social-Engineer.org. Tick Tock Computers, LLC. <http://www.social-engineer.org>.
+ Content History
Submissions
SubmitterOrganizationDateSource
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2014-06-23Internal_CAPEC_Team
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