Volume 02 Issue 25
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What role do physical disabilities play in the area of Social Engineering?
Would a physically disabled person have an advantage or a disadvantage during a Social Engineering engagement?
Are physically disabled persons perceived more trustworthy, less trustworthy, or neutral versus their non-disabled counterparts?
Should a physically disabled Social Engineer acknowledge his disability or ignore it?
These controversial questions will be the topic of this months newsletter.
A physically disabled SE can capitalize on these things and gain a great advantage. Someone who is perceived as a good person and socially unskilled will be unassuming. Often the target would never assume an attack would come from someone like this.
Not only is
the physically disabled Social Engineer more unassuming, people naturally go
out of their
Studies involving retail scenarios also reveal that physically disabled individuals receive more help and assistance and often receive what is described as “over-help”.
The Dark Side
Understanding and exploiting people’s natural desire to help and assist others who have a physical disability gives the disabled Social Engineer a huge advantage. People already want to help and even more so those who are physically disabled.
the disabled Social Engineer go about acknowledging the elephant in the room?
in job applicants have found that applicants who acknowledge their
disability upfront are
It would then
be logical to assume that during a Social Engineering engagement, making
mention of your
To Fake or
Not To Fake
Use this knowledge to your advantage. Bring up your wheelchair bound wife, or even better, let a picture slip out of your wallet. While working this angle, it leans greatly in your favor to refer to your disabled partner as heroic or disabled and never as pathetic.
If faking a disability seems too offensive to you, then you can go always go the broken arm or broken leg route with a fake cast and these studies will still apply that you can create feelings of sympathy as you struggle.
in life, there are pros and cons, positives and negatives, yin and yang. It
appears that a truly physically disabled Social Engineer, one that is faking
it, or even one who may not possess the disability but is a partner of a
physically disabled individual has a distinct advantage during an engagement.
The psychological advantage you gain simply from being is an amazing head
start and offers an edge over a non-disabled individual. Using physical
disabilities to your advantage, you can appear more trustworthy, appear as a
good person, and people instinctively want to help you. What
Written by Eric "Urbal"
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