social engineer

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

social + engineer.

NounEdit

social engineer (plural social engineers)

  1. One who engages in social engineering.
    • 1911, Edwin Lee Earp, The Social Engineer, Eaton & Mains, page 295:
      We need another type of social engineer for the country problem, who will be able to direct the social forces of a whole county and relate them to the best interests of State and county.
    • 2010, Christopher Hadnagy, Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking, John Wiley, page (unpaginated):
      [Pretexting] is one of the critical points for many social engineers. Pretexting involves developing the role the social engineer will play for the attack on the company. Will the social engineer be a customer, vendor, tech support, new hire, or something equally realistic and believable?
Last modified on 17 March 2013, at 12:50