Social engineering is a deceptive technique used by hackers manipulate a group of persons into divulging confidential information, providing access to restricted systems, or performing actions that compromise security. Unlike traditional hacking methods that rely on technical vulnerabilities, social engineering exploits human psychology and behavior to achieve its objectives.

Social engineering involves exploiting trust, authority, fear, or other emotions to trick individuals into disclosing sensitive information or taking actions that benefit the hacker. Social engineering attacks can have serious consequences, including data breaches, financial losses, identity theft, and reputational damage.