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Introduction to Social Engineering

Quid Pro Quo and Reverse Social Engineering

Quid Pro Quo and Reverse Social Engineering

Quid Pro Quo and Reverse Social Engineering are two types of social engineering attacks used by cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive information.

Quid Pro Quo

In a quid pro quo attack, an attacker offers something in exchange for access to sensitive information. For example, a cybercriminal may impersonate an IT support representative and offer to fix a victim's computer in exchange for their login credentials. This type of attack relies on the victim's willingness to help and trust the attacker.

Reverse Social Engineering

Reverse social engineering is when an attacker convinces the victim to contact them for help. The attacker then poses as a helpful IT support representative and offers to fix the victim's computer or solve a problem. Once the victim trusts the attacker, they may be willing to give up sensitive information or grant access to their computer.

Both quid pro quo and reverse social engineering attacks rely on the victim's willingness to trust and help the attacker. It's important to be wary of unsolicited offers of help and to verify the legitimacy of any IT support representatives before granting access or providing sensitive information.

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