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CAPEC-424: Influence Perception of Consensus or Social Proof

Influence Perception of Consensus or Social Proof
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Attack Pattern ID: 424
Abstraction: Detailed
Status: Draft
Completeness: Hook
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+ Summary

The adversary influences the target's actions by leveraging the inherent human nature to assume behavior of others is appropriate. In situations of uncertainty, people tend to behave in ways they see others behaving. The adversary convinces the target of adopting behavior or actions 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: Low

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

Skill or Knowledge Level: Low

The adversary requires strong inter-personal and communication skills.

+ 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 leverage the principle of liking can lead to the target performing an action that results in a variety of consequences that negatively affect 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>.
+ 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, Related_Attack_Patterns, Solutions_and_Mitigations, Typical_Likelihood_of_ExploitInternal
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